People and Computers XIV — Usability or Else!

Proceedings of HCI 2000

  • Sharon McDonald
  • Yvonne Waern
  • Gilbert Cockton

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Plenaries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gerald Jerry L. Lohse
      Pages 3-15
    3. James Hollan, Scott Stornetta
      Pages 17-26
  3. The Context of Interaction: People, Places and Actions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Peter J. Wild, Robert D. Macredie
      Pages 45-59
    3. Sari Kujala, Martti Mäntylä
      Pages 61-71
    4. Elizabeth Longmate, Paula Lynch, Chris Baber
      Pages 103-117
  4. Process, Methodology and Design Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Pekka Ketola
      Pages 149-161
    3. Cecilia Cunha, Clarisse de Souza, Violeta Quental, Daniel Schwabe
      Pages 205-219
    4. Harold Thimbleby
      Pages 221-237
    5. Patrick G. T. Healey, Nick Bryan-Kinns
      Pages 239-254
  5. Design Innovations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
    2. Murray Crease, Stephen Brewster, Philip Gray
      Pages 257-270
    3. Simon A. Clark, Betty P. Ng, B. L. William Wong
      Pages 287-298
  6. Usability and System Evaluation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 309-309
    2. Muneo Kitajima, Marilyn H. Blackmon, Peter G. Polson
      Pages 357-373
    3. Sandra Cairncross, Mike Mannion
      Pages 375-388
    4. Lynne Dunckley, Dean Taylor, Malcolm Storey, Andy Smith
      Pages 389-403
    5. Sacha Brostoff, M Angela Sasse
      Pages 405-424
    6. Andy Cockburn, Bruce McKenzie
      Pages 425-436
    7. Nicola J. Lambell, Linden J. Ball, Thomas C. Ormerod
      Pages 437-453
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 455-458

About these proceedings


Currently we are at the beginnings of widespread wireless connectivity and ubiquitous computing. The Web is merging with a variety of technologies: cell phones, laptop computers, hand held organisers, information appliances, and GPS and other sensors. The capability for access anytime and anywhere is here. The increasing frequency of cell phone calls at inappropriate times testifies that people no longer can easily control access. Devices can determine where they are located and can make a range of information available to users as well as make users available to others or their devices. We have proposed a general technique that promises to assist in mediating access. It capitalises on advantages afforded by computation(Hollan & Stometta, 1992). We first described the negotiation technique in the context of problems involved in scheduling meetings and then showed that similar issues, which at first may seem unrelated but in fact have much in common, arise in other contexts. One such activity, gaining immediate access, is currently of growing importance because of expanding connectivity via wireless technology. Cell phones and related technologies make it possible to be constantly available for synchronous interaction. At times, this can be advantageous but the associated costs and benefits result in a complex tradeoff space for designers as well as users.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Sharon McDonald
    • 1
  • Yvonne Waern
    • 2
  • Gilbert Cockton
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Computing, Engineering and TechnologyUniversity of SunderlandSunderlandUK
  2. 2.Department of Communication StudiesUniversity of LinköpingLinköpingSweden

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