2. the computer


Exercises 2.2 and 2.3 involve you examining a range of input and output devices in order to understand how they influence interaction.

A typical computer system is comprised of a QWERTY keyboard, a mouse, and a colour screen. There is usually some form of loudspeaker as well. You should know how the keyboard, mouse and screen work - if not, read up on it.

What sort of input does the keyboard support? What sort of input does the mouse support? Are these adequate for all possible applications? If not, to which areas are they most suited? Do these areas map well onto the typical requirements for users of computer systems?

If you were designing a keyboard for a modern computer, and you wanted to produce a faster, easier to use layout, what information would you need to know and how would that influence the design?

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Other exercises in this chapter

ex.2.1 (open), ex.2.2 (tut), ex.2.3 (open), ex.2.4 (tut), ex.2.5 (tut), ex.2.6 (tut)

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