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date: 12 July 2020

human–computer interaction (HCI) 

A Dictionary of Media & Communication

Daniel Chandler,

Rod Munday

The study of people using computers: a mixture of engineering, design, and behavioural science. HCI can be separated into four dimensions: the ‘task dimension’, dealing with goals and purposes of the engineers, designers, and the users of computers; the ‘dialogue dimension’, concerning how the computer and user are intended to interact; the ‘structural dimension’, dealing with specifics of the layout and the grouping of tasks; and the ‘usability dimension’, dealing with the ways in which users and computer actually interact. The ... ...

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