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Ergonomic Standards Go Beyond Hardware
March/April 1994 (vol. 11 no. 2)
pp. 82-84

European concerns about ergonomics, which are closely linked to worker health and safety have already expanded to a directive that affects user-interface design. Now the European Community is debating whether or not the directive should be tied to a standard, ISO 9241. As ISO 9000 has demonstrated, this is not just a concern for European developers. US developers are also finding that ISO standards gate their entry into the global market. The author reports on the status of this decision. Although conformance issues are still being hotly debated, ISO 9241 may be laying the foundation for more usability standards. Software companies may soon have a new ISO standard to be concerned with.

Index Terms:
ergonomics; user interfaces; standards; government policies; ergonomic standards; worker health; safety; EC directive; user-interface design; European Community; ISO 9241; ISO 9000; European developers; US developers; ISO standards; global market; conformance issues; usability standards; software companies
"Ergonomic Standards Go Beyond Hardware," IEEE Software, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 82-84, March-April 1994, doi:10.1109/MS.1994.10017
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