Monday, July 05, 2004

PARC Publications on User Interface Research

A real treasure trove of information. Looking at how long ago many of these papers were published, it's amazing that desktop user interfaces have seen so little progress since the advent of the Apple Lisa in 1983, and what's even funnier is that the Lisa itself was based on work done way back in the 1970s.

An idea suggests itself here - might one postulate what might immodestly be called "Abiola's Law?" The dictum I have in mind states that desktop interface design will lag the cutting edge research by at least a decade; whether or not it has ahead of it a career as illustrious as "Moore's Law" is uncertain, but as retrodictions go, I'd say it's pretty decent.


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