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Issue 2 • Date 1981

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  • The human side of computers

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):120 - 121
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    So long as computers were simple and operated only by specialists, the human interface was relatively unimportant. The frustrations caused by complex procedures and software idiosyncrasies were borne by experts motivated to accept the challenge. But all that has changed. Not only are sophisticated systems becoming accessible to all, but there is growing concern about the quality of working life. A... View full abstract»

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  • Preface

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s): 122
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    Human factors, or ergonomics, is an essential consideration in evelopment and design work and has been receiving increased emphasis at IBM. Human factors work at IBM is the subject of the papers in this issue of the IBM Systems Journal, a theme which will be continued in the next issue with additional software papers that focus on this subject, but under the broader concept of usability. The paper... View full abstract»

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  • Procedures of the Human Factors Center at San Jose

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):123 - 171
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    By a discussion of certain hardware and software projects, we have illustrated how the Human Factors Center in San Jose implements its mission to evaluate products to determine that the man-machine interfaces have been optimized and assessed. To summarize, we list the steps taken to realize that mission, most of which were described in the projects just discussed View full abstract»

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  • Effects of manual style on performance in education and machine maintenance

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):172 - 183
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    There are times when apparent cost reductions lead to an increase in real cost. The study reported here was conducted because divergent points of view on the effectiveness of two different machine maintenance manual formats and two media conditions required behavioral experimentation to determine the better approach. View full abstract»

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  • Natural language programming: Styles, strategies, and contrasts

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):184 - 215
    Cited by:  Papers (12)
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    Our objective in this study was to obtain detailed empirical information about the nature of natural language “programming” to bring to bear on the issueosf increasing the usability of computer language interfaces. Although we expected numerous difficulties to be detected concerning the potentioalf actually implementing a system to interpret natural language programs, we were not pre... View full abstract»

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  • Human factors in the development of a family of plant data communication terminals

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):216 - 236
    Cited by:  Patents (1)
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    This paper has describeds ome of the human factors work done in the development of the IBM 3640 Terminal Family. Early survey work on data collection problems in existing installations helped to establish the design requirements of environmental protection and good feedback. Comprehensive iterative design made it possible to meet the goals set forth in the requirements. Tradeoff studies resulted i... View full abstract»

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  • Human factors in communication

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):237 - 263
    Cited by:  Papers (6)
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    Perhaps it would have been more satisfying to discover that communication can be adequately characterized as transmission across a channel from an encoding station to a decoding station. But if research work in cognitive and social psychology teaches us anything, it teaches us that mechanical simplicities are distinctly the exception. Thinking, behaving, and communicating are so much a part of the... View full abstract»

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  • Authors

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):264 - 265
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  • Suggested reading

    Publication Year: 1981, Page(s):266 - 267
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