Designing Usable Electronic Text

Designing Usable Electronic Text

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Electronic documents offer the possibility of presenting virtually unlimited amounts of information to readers in forms which can be rapidly searched and structured to suit their needs. However, poor design and a failure to consider the user often combine to compromise the realization of this potential.; In this book, Dillon examines the issues involved in designing usable electronic documents from the perspective of the designer. It examines the human issues underlying information usage and emphasizes the issue of usability as the main problem in the electronic medium's failure to gain mass acceptance. In an attempt to provide a relevant description of the reading process that supports a more informed view of the issues, a series of studies examining readers and their views as well as uses of texts is reported. The results lead to the proposal of a user-centred framework that provides a broad qualitative model of the important issues for designers to consider when developing an electronic document.; qDesigning Usable Electronic Textq focuses attention on aspects that are central to usability, and concludes with an analysis of the likely uses of such a framework and the realistic potential for electronic documents.Electronic versions stored on CD-ROM and accessed at the point of a mouse and push of a button, offer the promise of ... Manuals for hardware and non-computer based machinery, either repair or operation instructions, offer potential ... the documentation while a speaker at the 2nd UK Hypertext Conference (McAleese and Green, 1990) stated that code for a ... user manuals will emerge faster, if for no other reason than the economic interests underpinning technical manuals and theiranbsp;...

Title:Designing Usable Electronic Text
Author:A Dillon
Publisher:CRC Press - 1994-04-13


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