Nuray Aykin (Editor), «Usability and Internationalization of Information Technology»

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Nuray Aykin (Editor), «Usability and Internationalization of Information Technology»
LEA | ISBN 0805844791 | 2004 Year | PDF | 19,93 Mb | 392 Pages


With the rapid introduction of highly sophisticated computers, (tele)communication, service, and manufacturing systems, a major shift has occurred in the way people use technology and work with it. The objective of this book series on Human Factors and Ergonomics is to provide researchers and practitioners a platform where important issues related to these changes can be discussed, and methods and recommendations can be presented for ensuring that emerging technologies provide increased productivity, quality, satisfaction, safety, and health in the new workplace and in the Information Society.
The present volume is published at a very opportune time when industry and commerce is internationalized and products and services are marketed across national and cultural boundaries. This book provides a theoretical foundation and practical examples and guidelines for designing information technology for different cultures, languages, and economic standing and the methods to be utilized to ensure their usability across cultural boundaries. The book's 11 chapters are authored by some of the foremost practitioners from the United States, Europe, and Asia. The book starts with two chapters on guidelines and practices for internationalization and localization, and includes four chapters on cultural consideration and guidelines in the design of information technology; two chapters on usability evaluation methodology and cost-benefit analysis for cross-cultural design; and three chapters on case studies of cross-cultural design. The book's 368 references, 62 figures, and 45 tables provide useful modes for further in-depth study of the subject.
The book's editor is a leading international figure in the subject area. The book should be of special value to people designing and evaluating information technology products and services for international use and for researchers in the subject area.