Methods for Designing Software to Fit Human Needs and Capabilities: Proceedings of the Workshop on Software Human Factors
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL WASHINGTON DC COMMITTEE ON HUMAN FACTORS
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This report is put out by The Committee on Human Factors in the Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education sponsored jointly by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, the Office of Naval Research, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation. This report covers software human factors. Computers are pervasive in civilian and military equipment systems. The compatibility of computer-based devices and human users is predominantly dependent on the characteristics of the software. The term software human factors refers to the process of designing software to be effective for human use, i.e., easy to learn and use, productive, and efficient. However, no specific efforts have been made to operationally define the objectives of software factors. The Workshop on Software Human Factors was convened in June 1983 in Washington, D.C. The workshop had three goals To identify current methods used to design and evaluate human factors aspects of software, including overall design and methods for collecting data on user performance To ascertain what we know from software research results that we did not know 10 years ago and To identify new research methods that are needed, both to develop design principles for software and to discover how users understand software systems.
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