Usability

 
 Editor
Mario Pérez-Montoro
 Incorporated contributions
Pérez-Montoro (11/2009)
 Usage domain
Research and practice    
 Type
Concept
 French
Usability
 German Usability
  
[Good English]

Usability is a discipline whose primary goal is to be involved in the design of objects and resources in order to make them more convenient and easy to use.

In the context of software and web pages, the term "usability" is used to describe the discipline concerned with controlling how easily a digital resource can be used; that is to say, it assesses how this resource facilitates or hinders the use of it.
 
References
  • Clark, Joe (2003). Building Accessible Websites. Indianapolis, Ind: New Riders. 
  • Dix, Alan (2004). Human-Computer Interaction. 3rd ed. Harlow [etc.]: Pearson Education. 
  • Nielsen, Jacob (1993). Usability Engineering. London: Academic Press. 
  • Nielsen, Jacob (2000). Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity. Indianapolis: New Riders Publishing. 
  • Nielsen, Jacob and Tahir, Marie (2001). Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed. Indianapolis: New Riders Publishing. 
  • Nielsen, Jacob and Loranger, Hoa (2006). Prioritizing Web Usability. Berkeley CA: New Riders Press, 
  • Norman, Donald (1990). The Design of Everyday Things. Nova York: Doubleday. 
  • Rubin, Jeffrey (1994). Handbook of Usability Testing: How to Plan, Design, and Conduct Effective Tests. New York: John Wiley. 
  • Spence, Robert (2007). Information Visualization. Harlow, England: Addison-Wesley. 
  • Thatcher, Jim (2002). Constructing Accessible Web Sites. Birmingham: Glasshaus.

How to cite this article:

 Pérez-Montoro Gutiérrez, Mario (ed.) y Golkhosravi, Mehrad (2010). “Usability”. Díaz Nafría, José María; Pérez-Montoro, Mario y Salto Alemany, Francisco (eds.) (2010). Glossary of concepts, metaphors, theories and problems concerning information. Leon: Universidad de León.
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