Pissed Off Usability Experts Vow To Make Things Easier
from the any-way-possible dept
We just got one of those “food saver” appliances, and it comes with a huge manual and a videotape that explains how to use it. That might be useful, if I had a VCR hooked up to a TV, but who watches videotapes any more? More to the point: why should a simple appliance require a video tape to understand how to use it? Apparently, a bunch of usability experts around the world are fed up with those types of questions, and are looking to force their will on all sorts of companies to try to get them to make devices, electronics, computers and websites all easier to use. At the start of the article, it sounded like proactive vigilante usability (which would be kind of cool) — but, it looks like they’re not going quite that far just yet. Instead, they’re just trying to highlight usability issues with a day (this Thursday) entitled World Usability Day — where they hope to highlight all sorts of issues that should be fixed.