Language and Communication: Essential Concepts for User Interface and Documentation Design Agnes Kukulska-Hulme is available to download
|Language and Communication: Essential Concepts for User Interface and Documentation Design|
|Type: ||eBook |
|Released: ||1999 |
|Publisher: ||Oxford University Press, USA |
|Page Count: ||173 |
|Format: ||pdf |
|Language: ||English |
|ISBN-10: ||0195108388 |
|ISBN-13: ||9780195108385 |
Computer interfaces and documentation are notorious for being difficult to learn and use.Language and Communication: Essential ...
Textbook This timely volume shows how ideas developed by linguists and language teachers can be used to design computers which are truly user-friendly. The author argues that software and hardware designers should see users as language learners and 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 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 presuming no prior knowledge of language-related terminology, this volume could be a key step in the on-going information revolution.