Abstract

A paper widely read 20 years ago concluded with the advice to design a word processor by analogy to something familiar to everyone: a typewriter. Even then, one of my Danish students questioned this reading assignment, noting that ―the typewriter is a species on its last legs. For most of the computing era, interaction involved 80-column punch cards, paper tape, line editors, 1920-character displays, 1-megabye diskettes, and other extinct species. Are the interaction issues of those times relevant today? No