The Critical 'I'

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Saturday, December 07, 2002

STILL STRUGGLING WITH "USABILITY"
Few things in life can be as frustrating as computer software that has no intuitive feel to it. As accustomed as we are to Graphical User Interface (GUI) as the way to use our computers, it's really a helpless feeling when you start up a program, and there are absolutely no prompts to guide you on how to get started. The dominant comptuer companies--Sun, Microsoft, etc.--have apparently decided to address this problem by recommitting themselves to making usability a priority in software design.

This is as pathetic as it is laughable.

Do these techies ever even bother to turn on a Mac? I mean, it's only been around for twenty years, and it built around the concept of user-friendliness. And two decades later, these companies still haven't figured out that it should be the primary consideration in their wares? It's unbelievable that this industry isn't being hammered away from some new entry.