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Observing Users - Designing clarity a case study on the user-centred design of a cross-language information retrieval system

By D. Petrelli, P. Hansen, M. Beaulieu, M. Sanderson, G. Demetriou and P. Herring


This paper presents a case study of the development of an interface to a novel and complex form of document retrieval: searching for texts written in foreign languages based on native language queries. Although the underlying technology for achieving such a search is relatively well understood, the appropriate interface design is not. A study involving users (with such searching needs) from the start of the design process is described covering initial examination of user needs and tasks; preliminary\ud design and testing of interface components; building, testing, and further refining an interface; before\ud finally conducting usability tests of the system. Lessons are learned at every stage of the process leading to a much more informed view of how such an interface should be built

Publisher: Wiley Interscience
Year: 2004
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