Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Oct 2008 17:04 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces This is the tenth article in a series on common usability and graphical user interface related terms. On the internet, and especially in forum discussions like we all have here on OSNews, it is almost certain that in any given discussion, someone will most likely bring up usability and GUI related terms - things like spatial memory, widgets, consistency, Fitts' Law, and more. The aim of this series is to explain these terms, learn something about their origins, and finally rate their importance in the field of usability and (graphical) user interface design. Fitting for this rounded number, part X will detail the window.
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Douglas Engelbart
by irbis on Tue 7th Oct 2008 18:50 UTC
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"The mother of all demos" (1968)
With the NLS, Engelbart demonstrated, for the first time, several things that we are barely able to do even today. Hypertext linking, email, context-sensitive help, teleconferencing, instant messaging, full-screen text editing, networked document collaboration, and to top it all off, video conferencing. All this information was presented in a graphical user interface featuring a mouse and its pointer, and windows.

Yep, Engelbart would probably be my number one online collaboration and interactive human-computer interfaces visionary guru if I had to choose one. The other important researches in those IT fields often seem to only follow in his footsteps, much after him.

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