In this assignment I will be addressing the development of HCI’s such as
how it started off in the early years and I will be using some resources from
the internet to back up my work. I will be describing developments such as
extended command line editor (CLE), graphical user interface (GUI), web user
interface (WUI) and visual systems such as modern applications software.
P1- Describing the impact of HCI on Society, the Economy and Culture
The historic development in the early years
editor(CLE)- This was used back in the days which was in the first generation
of commercial household PC’s, however they were only used by the users who
understood the concept of coding. In the early stage of technology CLE wasn’t
that friendly with its users because there weren’t any graphical user
interfaces available back in the early days, this means that users had to use
their own knowledge on how to operate PC devices.
Graphical user interface(GUI)- When
this was first officially released into PC’s which was a long time ago
therefore GUI was very basic and simple back then as technology was developing
in the early years. The only users who had some kind of technical knowledge
knew how GUI worked as it’s quite confusing to work with therefore if you
don’t know what you’re doing then you won’t be able to operate it.
This means not everybody could use
GUI as they are not familiar with the interface which means back in the early
years there was less computers being sold due to the lack of knowledge. Later on,
as time went by companies started to realise and make much bigger and better
Graphical user interfaces (GUI’s) so they let the users to use them in a much
more easier way.
GUI has massively improved compared
to about 15-20 years ago as they are a lot more easier to use nowadays. An
example to prove my point can be backed up by Microsoft Word as the software
has made quality improvements over the years such as making the software
faster, secure, making changing in their designs, layouts and many more. When
the software was first realised back in 1983 it was very simple and basic compared
to now. The software was able to allow the users to type which was the most
common needed feature and still is. However, back in 1983 Microsoft Word if
you had a modern device then you were able to share your work with other which
could be through online mail as long as you had internet, the users were also
able to change the font, writing colour and a few more options. There are
still some people who use older versions of Microsoft Word as they are used to
that particular version and feel comfortable using, also another reason for
using the older versions such as Microsoft Word 2003 would be because there is
less features therefore users don’t get confused. I personally think some elder’s
users might be still using the older versions as they are quite basic and
simple for them.
Web user interface(WUI)- The
webpages are still the same as in layout wise compared to few years ago and
this is because there can’t be many changes in the looks of a design no matter
how much you change it. The main feature in most websites is the search bar
which is on the top right corner along with many other features such as help
and sign in.
Another example of a feature on a
website page is the navigation bar which are used to guide the user, so they
can go on the correct option on the site such as homepage, contact page and
store or it can be anything. The user must make sure that the navigation bar
is big enough and fully visible to the people who are visiting your website
otherwise mostly elderly people will find it hard to see it therefore they
will just go onto a different site as they don’t want to waste their time.
Finally, If the user makes all the
webpages similar such as using same background and other layouts on their
website then it will help people find the other options they are looking for