By Topic

Improving the usability of programming publications

Sign In

Cookies must be enabled to login.After enabling cookies , please use refresh or reload or ctrl+f5 on the browser for the login options.

Formats Non-Member Member
$33 $33
Learn how you can qualify for the best price for this item!
Become an IEEE Member or Subscribe to
IEEE Xplore for exclusive pricing!
close button

puzzle piece

IEEE membership options for an individual and IEEE Xplore subscriptions for an organization offer the most affordable access to essential journal articles, conference papers, standards, eBooks, and eLearning courses.

Learn more about:

IEEE membership

IEEE Xplore subscriptions

5 Author(s)
F. J. Bethke ; IBM Corporation, Santa Teresa Laboratory, 555 Bailey Avenue, P.O. Box 50020, San Jose, CA 95150, USA ; W. M. Dean ; P. H. Kaiser ; E. Ort
more authors

Although the ease-of-use study group did not focus on the ease of use of computer programs, programming was not ignored. A number of recommendations were made to the programming development organization, and the following activities resulted: • A programming development ease-of-use study group has been established to determine what is needed to produce more usable programming products. • A technical report has been published showing how task orientation can be applied to writing programming objectives and specifications. A pilot project to produce task-oriented programming documents is under consideration. • Usability evaluations have become part of the formal review of programming spefications. A checkclist has been prepared to aid reviewers. • More emphasis is being placed on developing on-line information as an alternative to or as a supplement to hard-copy books. In addition, users of future products will see on-line messages with complete explanations. Thus there will be no book of messages.

Note: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Incorporated is distributing this Article with permission of the International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) who is the exclusive owner. The recipient of this Article may not assign, sublicense, lease, rent or otherwise transfer, reproduce, prepare derivative works, publicly display or perform, or distribute the Article.  

Published in:

IBM Systems Journal  (Volume:20 ,  Issue: 3 )