Global Usability

  • Ian Douglas
  • Zhengjie Liu

Part of the Human-Computer Interaction Series book series (HCIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Ian Douglas, Zhengjie Liu
    Pages 1-6
  3. Issues Relating to Global Usability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. David A. Siegel, Susan M. Dray
      Pages 57-88
  4. Country Profiles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Raquel Oliveira Prates, Lucia Vilela Leite Filgueiras
      Pages 91-109
    3. Zhengjie Liu, Jun Zhang, Haixin Zhang, Junliang Chen
      Pages 111-135
    4. Pavel Slavik, Zdenek Mikovec
      Pages 137-152
    5. Anirudha Joshi, Saurabh Gupta
      Pages 153-168
    6. Omri Eliav, Tomer Sharon
      Pages 169-194
    7. Masaaki Kurosu
      Pages 195-209
    8. Alvin W. Yeo, Po-Chan Chiu, Tek-Yong Lim, Ping-Ping Tan, Terrin Lim, Idyawati Hussein
      Pages 211-222
    9. Mario A. Moreno Rocha
      Pages 223-236
    10. Mark D. Apperley, David M. Nichols
      Pages 237-245
    11. Aura Castillo-Matias, Rosemary R. Seva
      Pages 247-254
    12. Marcin Sikorski, Krzysztof Marasek
      Pages 255-271
    13. Alexandr Belyshkin
      Pages 273-284
    14. Kee Yong Lim
      Pages 285-307
    15. Kun-Pyo Lee, Ji-Hyun Lee
      Pages 309-331
    16. Teeravarunyou Sakol
      Pages 333-345
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 347-352

About this book


The concept of usability has become an increasingly important consideration in the design of all kinds of technology. As more products are aimed at global markets and developed through internationally distributed teams, usability design needs to be addressed in global terms. Interest in usability as a design issue and specialist area of research and education has developed steadily in North America and Europe since the 1980’s. However, it is only over the last ten years that it has emerged as a global concern.

Global Usability provides an introduction to the important issues in globalizing design and an insight into the development of usability expertise around the world. The book is divided into two sections. The first section deals with the general issues in cross-cultural design and the methods for conducting usability design and evaluation across geographical boundaries. The second section describes the state of usability development in fifteen countries. The descriptions include a history and review of activities and include some unique perspectives that have developed in relation to usability work. Researchers and practitioners from a variety of design-related disciplines will find the book a useful guide for understanding the issues and an excellent reference source for working in any of the countries covered.


Cultural Issues Global Software Development Human-Computer Interaction Interaction Design Usability User Interface User-centred Design

Editors and affiliations

  • Ian Douglas
    • 1
  • Zhengjie Liu
    • 2
  1. 1.University Center C, Learning Systems Institute CCIFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA
  2. 2.Sino European Usability CenterDalian Maritime UniversityDalianChina, People's Republic

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