A View From Number Two

Mary Burns

By Mary Burns
Vice President
Orlando Central Florida Chapter STC
Vicepresident@stc-Orlando.org

 

 

The View from Number 2

We people of the 2010’s deal with a proliferation of portals, hubs, and pages for managing all manner of interactions with the larger world. Many are intuitive—for someone else. They make you play “Find the Login.” You want to spend five minutes checking your account; they want you to fill out a questionnaire. They’re worse than a teenager for changing their look every time you access them. You find yourself doing the hyperlink equivalent of paddling in a circle. You attempt a task—and a message cheerfully informs you that the system can’t fulfill that request right now…try again later!

To me, the most usable application is the one that I can forget, that just lets me do what I need to and get back to my life.

Of course, I realize that developing such an application, and creating the documentation for it, is much easier said than done. That’s why I’m excited about our November meeting, presented by an expert in the field of usability, Dr. Karla Saari Kitalong of Michigan Technological University. I hope you will join us!

PROGRAM: Thursday, November 20

LOCATION: Winter Park Civic Center, 1050 West Morse Blvd., Winter Park, FL  32789

TIME: 6:15 PM New member orientation; 6:30 PM Networking/Refreshments; 7:00 PM Meeting

COST: $10 Student, $15 STC Member, $20 Non-Member. First-timers free.

RSVP/REGISTER at http://stcorlando.eventbrite.com.

Contact vicepresident@stc-orlando.org with questions.

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