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    Human/computer interface design in windows-based CD-ROMs: an early review

    Rowley, Jennifer (1995) Human/computer interface design in windows-based CD-ROMs: an early review. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 27 (2). pp. 77-87. ISSN 1741-6477

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    Analyses some of the components of graphical user interfaces (GUI), applied to CD-ROM databases (windows, dialogue boxes, menus, commands, buttons, check boxes and icons) and remarks on the degree to which these are based on Windows software. Notes the constraints to GUIs that still remain even after databases have appeared in the marketplace: particularly mouse based prob lems. Discusses ways of evaluating GUIs and their specific components and reports a study of databases in which these types of interfaces are used. Notes the significant variability between products in the way that they apply GUIs and discusses whether database users would benefit from a certain degree of standardization in the basic interface structure using GUIs, or whether users would prefer greater control over the design of the local user interface. Concludes that the introduction of Windows based CD-ROM databases with graphical user interfaces will increasingly revolutionize the design of such data bases. Makes 3 recommendations that would aim to enhance the user friend liness of CD-ROM interfaces: research to develop criteria for evaluating interfaces in the GUI environment; standardization of interface design between some products, particularly for novice users; and facilities to allow experienced users to develop and tailor their own interface design.

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