Issue No. 02 - March (1981 vol. 7)
P. Reisner , IBM Research Laboratory
Formal grammatical description has not generally been applied in the human factors area, which traditionally draws on behavioral science for its methodology. This paper illustrates, by means of a detailed example, how formal grammatical description can be used as a predictive tool to compare alternative designs for ease of use and to identify design choices which could cause users to make mistakes.
user-oriented design, Action languages, analytic tools, comparison of design alternatives, ease-of-use measurement, ease-of-use prediction, formal description, human factors, man-machine interface, user errors
P. Reisner, "Formal Grammar and Human Factors Design of an Interactive Graphics System," in IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 7, no. , pp. 229-240, 1981.