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Language and Communication: Essential Concepts for User Interface and Documentation Design

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Computer interfaces and documentation are notoriously difficult for any user, regardless of his or her level of experience. Advances in technology are not making applications more friendly. Introducing concepts from linguistics and language teaching, Language and Communication proposes a new approach to computer interface design. The book explains for the first time why the much hyped user-friendly interface is treated with such derision by the user community. The author argues that software and hardware designers should consider such fundamental language concepts as meaning, context, function, variety, and equivalence. She goes on to show how imagining an interface as a new language can be an invaluable design exercise, calling into question deeply held beliefs and assumptions about what users will or will not understand. Written for a wide range of computer scientists and professionals, and presuming no prior knowledge of language-related terminology, this volume is a key step in the on-going information revolution.

Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction and Foundation


1. Introduction


2. Foundation Concepts


Part II. Essential Language Concepts and the User Interface


3. Language Varieties


4. Language Changes


5. Language Correspondences


6. The Effect of Context


7. The Effect of Medium and Interaction


Part III. Languages for Special Purposes and Functions


8. Labeling and Abbreviation


9. Explanation and Assistance


Part IV. Summary and Recommendations


10. Making It Work


Appendix: Language Resources and Further Readings


Product Details

ISBN:
9780198026808
Subtitle:
Essential Concepts for User Interface and Documentation Design
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
1999
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
162

Related Subjects

Computers and Internet » Computers Reference » Documentation and Technical Writing
Computers and Internet » Computers Reference » General
Computers and Internet » Computers Reference » Social Aspects » Human and Computer Interaction
Computers and Internet » Graphics » User Interface
Computers and Internet » Multimedia » Virtual Reality
Computers and Internet » Software Engineering » General
Computers and Internet » Software Engineering » Programming and Languages
History and Social Science » Linguistics » General

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