The Computer User as Toolsmith: The Use, Reuse and Organization of Computer-Based Tools
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The Computer User as Toolsmith: The Use, Reuse and Organization of Computer-Based Tools

by Saul Greenberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521404304

ISBN-13: 9780521404303

Pub. Date: 01/29/1993

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Computing environments that furnish a large set of tools (such as editors, mail programs, and language processors) are difficult to use, primarily because there is no means of organizing the tools so that they are at hand when needed. Because of the dearth of knowledge of how users behave when issuing commands to general purpose computer systems, existing user

Overview

Computing environments that furnish a large set of tools (such as editors, mail programs, and language processors) are difficult to use, primarily because there is no means of organizing the tools so that they are at hand when needed. Because of the dearth of knowledge of how users behave when issuing commands to general purpose computer systems, existing user support facilities are ad hoc designs that do not support natural work habits. The Computer User As Toolsmith describes several empirical studies from which the author has developed a computer version of a handyman's workbench that would help users with their online activities. For the practitioner and interface designer, the guidelines and principles offered here are directly applicable to the rational design of new systems and the modernization of old ones.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521404303
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/29/1993
Series:
Cambridge Series on Human-Computer Interaction Series, #6
Pages:
203
Product dimensions:
6.97(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Studying Unix; 3. Using commands in Unix; 4. Techniques for reusing activities; 5. Recurrent systems; 6. Reuse opportunities in Unix Csh - potential and actual; 7. Principles, corroboration and justification; 8. Organizing activities through workspaces; 9. A workspace system: description and issues; 10. Conclusion; References.

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