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This entry is part 39 of 43 in the series Words

This entry is part 39 of 43 in the series WordsUser experience (“UX” to the cognoscenti) is a burgeoning field. Used to be we called this computer usability, user interface design or user interaction design. It was focused mostly on software such as word processors, spreadsheets, industrial control software, airplane cockpits, and medical applications. But, […]

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This entry is part 38 of 43 in the series Words

This entry is part 38 of 43 in the series WordsThere is an electronic medical record program (EMR) called DocuTAP that I use at one of my jobs. It’s not bad overall, and it’s the top-rated Urgent Care Center EMR. But, as with every EMR, it can be improved. In many ways. I just ran […]

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This entry is part 36 of 43 in the series Words

This entry is part 36 of 43 in the series WordsOn occasion, an academic paper is published, but one of the following Letters to the Editor or editorial is much more important, with a longer-lasting influence than the original article. An example is an editorial about sore throats/tonsillitis by Dr. Centor, of Centor Criteria fame. […]

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Fitts’s Law

This entry is part 35 of 43 in the series Words

This entry is part 35 of 43 in the series WordsFitts’s Law has been known since Paul Fitts first proposed it in 1954. Wikipedia has a detailed exposition of Fitts’s Law. In essence, it says that “the time required to rapidly move to a target area is a function of the distance to the target […]

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This entry is part 26 of 43 in the series Words

This entry is part 26 of 43 in the series WordsIn Icons, Pedagogic Vectors, Forms Design and Posture we briefly discussed icon design. (Icons, in this context, meaning the sketch-pictures on buttons that you can click.) The bottom line was that it’s hard to learn and remember what icons stand for. In Performance, Data Pixels, […]

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