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Challis Hodge <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 10 Nov 1999 08:52:02 -0600
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At 02:45 PM 11/4/99 -0700, William Pawlak wrote:
 > I agree totally.  But the issue I tried to raise is not how *I* design,
 > nor my adherence or deviation from "accepted" conventions.  It is that I
 > believe that certain design constraints can be built into
 > tools/technologies/and languages that could help people improve
 > usability (or at least not degrade it).  In other words, people wouldn't
 > have to know - or care - if they were designing usable systems, but they
 > would be anyway.

What happens in a world of media convergence when we're dealing with
pervasive, handhelds, portables, smart appliances, broadband, audio, video,
etc., etc.? Can we build 'smart' tools that parse, sort, and deliver
content/information/data that is appropriate for the target platform? Will
humans need to custom design for these various platforms? Or is it a
combination of the two?