Topic: training wheels for the user interface

topics > computer science > user interface > Group: types of user interfaces

children vs. adults
ease of learning
error safe systems
menus for a UserInterface
minimal manuals and guided exploration
novice users and the UserInterface
step-by-step dialog
Subtopic: error cascade up

Quote: users tend to respond to errors and uncertainties with action; often defer error correction advice; results in a series of mistakes [»carrJM9_1988]
Quote: with training wheel interface new users spend 50% of their time in error recovery! with full interface spent 56% of their time [»carrJM8_1984]

Subtopic: restricted menus up

Quote: training wheels interface--eliminate advance menu items for new users; avoids getting tangled in advanced features [»carrJM8_1984]
Quote: a training wheels interfaces provides a safe, exploratory environment for the new user; learn by doing [»carrJM8_1984]

Subtopic: restricted options up

Quote: ensure that new users use the defaults instead of specifying parameters [»carrJM8_1984]
Quote: Star uses progressive disclosure to hide details until users need them [»johnJ9_1989]

Subtopic: studies up

Quote: with training wheel interface, new users learned at the same rate but performed the task in half the time [»carrJM8_1984]

Subtopic: minimal system up

Quote: designed minimal Logo with simplified editor and commands [»mckeRM5_1984, OK]

Subtopic: tool tip up

Quote: for novices, a marking menu pop-ups a menu on "press and hold" for a third of second [»tapiMA11_1995]

Subtopic: unconstrained exploration up

Quote: let users do anything reasonable; warn about risky territory and provide reversible actions; tell users about any exceptions [»apple_1987]

Related Topics up

Topic: children vs. adults (33 items)
Topic: ease of learning (38 items)
Topic: error safe systems (76 items)
Topic: menus for a UserInterface (31 items)
Topic: minimal manuals and guided exploration (44 items)
Topic: novice users and the UserInterface (25 items)
Topic: step-by-step dialog
(3 items)

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