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Norbert Kajler

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Kajler, Norbert and Soiffer, Neil (1994): Some Human Interaction Issues in Computer Algebra. In ACM SIGCHI Bulletin, 26 (4) pp. 64-71.

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Kajler, Norbert (1993): User Interfaces for Symbolic Computation: A Case Study. In: Hudson, Scott E., Pausch, Randy, Zanden, Brad Vander and Foley, James D. (eds.) Proceedings of the 6th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology 1993, Atlanta, Georgia, United States. pp. 1-10.

Designing user interfaces for Symbolic Computation tools like Maple, Mathematics, Reduce, etc, implies solving some challenging difficulties, including the display and manipulation of mathematical formulas, efficient and user-friendly manipulation of possibly large expressions, deep extensibility of the user interface, etc. This also implies dealing with some complex communication issues in order to efficiently integrate under a common user interface a set of tools from different origins running across a distributed architecture. This includes transparent management of remote computations, hiding command language variations, and programmability of the whole environment so that one can solve complex problems by sequentially and/or concurrently applying any needed tools. Very few of these problems are addressed by the user interfaces of commercially available packages. To improve user interfaces and integration of Symbolic Computation tools, a prototyping system named CAS/PI has been implemented. Its main characteristics are to be highly flexible and extensible, and to be based on pre-existing software engineering technologies. Using CAS/PI, each of the previously stated problems may be solved in a generic way, allowing further experimentations and optimization.

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There is an old English folk saying that goes, "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen." I have a different approach: Do something about the heat. The folk saying would have us accept the poor designs of the world. Why? After all, if people were responsible for the "heat" in the first place, then people should be able to do something about it. Is the kitchen too hot? Redesign it.

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Marc Hassenzahl explains the fascinating concept of User Experience and Experience Design. Commentaries by Don Norman, Eric Reiss, Mark Blythe, and Whitney Hess

User Experience and Experience Design !

 
 

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