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Language and Communication Essential Concepts for User Interface and Documentation Design

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ISBN-10: 0195108388

ISBN-13: 9780195108385

Edition: 1999

Authors: Agnes Kukulska-Hulme

List price: $235.00
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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…    
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Book details

List price: $235.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/1/1999
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 176
Size: 6.50" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Introduction and Foundation
Foundation Concepts
Essential Language Concepts and the User Interface
Language Varieties
Language Changes
Language Correspondences
The Effect of Context
The Effect of Medium and Interaction
Languages for Special Purposes and Functions
Labeling and Abbreviation
Explanation and Assistance
Summary and Recommendations
Making It Work
Appendix: Language
Resources and Further Readings