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Improving the Usability of the Hierarchical File System

Cairns, D.E. and G. Marsden (2004) Improving the Usability of the Hierarchical File System. South African Computer Journal 32(3):69-78.

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Abstract

Whether you are interested in improving the usability of Linux, Macintosh or Windows, there is one restriction you cannot escape – the hierarchical file storage system. The notion of files and folders has been with us for so long that it almost seems axiomatic. In this paper we look at the effects on users of forcing a hierarchical classification of files. We also consider how some of the resultant problems can be tackled with a new piece of file browsing software based on the ideas of relational database systems.

EPrint Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:design, human factors, computer interaction, databases, information retrieval, file storage, searching
Subjects:H Information Systems: H.5 INFORMATION INTERFACES AND PRESENTATION
ID Code:225
Deposited By:Maunder, AJ
Deposited On:06 October 2005