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Usability and Culture as Two of the Value Criteria for Evaluating the Artifact

A New Perspective from the Artifact Development Analysis (ADA)
  • Masaaki Kurosu
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 316)

Abstract

In this paper, the conceptual framework of the Artifact Development Analysis (ADA) and its relationship to the usability engineering are outlined. The ADA analyses the significance of all artifacts including hardware, software, humanware and system. Its viewpoint extends both in temporal and spatial dimensions. In short, it deals with the diversity of the artifact and casts the questions "why it is so" and "why it is not so". In this respect, the ADA is related to the usability engineering as one of the value attitudes. The usability engineering puts emphasis on effectiveness and efficiency. The usability is not always the value criterion of highest importance and some people sometimes put more emphasis on other criteria such as the aesthetic aspect, the cost, etc. Based on the findings of ADA, we should focus on the extent where the usability can provide the core satisfaction and we should also summarize the guideline on how the artifact should be designed.

Keywords

Artifact development analysis culture usability value system design user engineering 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Masaaki Kurosu
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  1. 1.The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Hayama-shi, Kanagawa, Japan, The Open University of JapanChibaJapan

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