Do Metaphors Make Web Browsers Easier to Use?

“Since Visicalc’s metaphorical ledger and the Xerox Star’s desktop metaphor, interface designers have been incorporating metaphors into user interfaces. Us

“Since Visicalc’s metaphorical ledger and the Xerox Star’s desktop metaphor, interface designers have been incorporating metaphors into user interfaces. User interface guidelines for most of the popular operating systems encourage the use of metaphors in interface design. They suggest that applications should build on the user+s real-world experience by exploiting concrete metaphors thereby making applications easier to use. Surprisingly little research supports the popular belief that metaphors in user interfaces facilitate performance.”


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Date:
November 23, 2016
Author:
XPLANE