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The design rationale of the System/38 user interface

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1 Author(s)
J. H. Botterill ; IBM System Products Division headquarters, 44 S. Broadway, White Plains, NY 10601, USA

The System/38 user interface was explicitly designed from the outside in to meet the defined usability requirements for the system. System-wide design approaches were adopted and used in the interface design. A strong attempt was made to give it a coherency and consistency that would improve learnability. The coherent design chosen sought to capitalize on both new and proven user interface design principles and approaches.

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IBM Systems Journal  (Volume:21 ,  Issue: 4 )