2005-11-03: World Usability Day

November 3rd is World Usability Day, with events going on all round the world. “Usability” typically conjures up pictures of users struggling with software which just doesn’t want to behave as the user wants, but it is a much wider issue, covering, for example, household goods and industrial equipment. This an event which needs maximum support, when things like this are happening:

A recent AP news story told of how a pilot who lost radio communications was surprised to find his plane surrounded by security forces as he landed. He thought he had entered 7600, the code for “lost communications,” but code 7500 told those on the ground that he was being hijacked…

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