3.1 Characteristics of Convivial Tools


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Tuesday 24 July 2007
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6 Others

Other characteristics of Technical Conviviality include: 6 Ergonomics 7 Simplicity 8 Robustness 9 Open access 10 Modularity 11 Recyclability 12 Environmental friendliness 13 Social friendliness 14 Promotion of autonomy 15 Full service 16 Eutrapelia This article is a (...)
Tuesday 17 July 2007
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3 Intuitive Use

As electronic objects accumulate an ever increasing number of functions, they become more and more difficult to learn to use. One could give endless examples of small catastrophes resulting from failure to master overly-complex products, such as accidental erasure of photos in a digital camera, (...)
Saturday 14 July 2007
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5 Durability

There appear to be two meanings of the word durability with respect to technical products: life-cycle durability and database durability. Life-cycle durability In the first sense, durability refers to the length of the working life of tool. We could call this "life-cycle durability." A (...)
Monday 11 June 2007
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4 Reparability

Reparability is unfashionable There are two possible spellings for this word which denotes the quality of being easy to repair: "repairability" or "reparability". A google search yields about twice as many hits for the first spelling than for the second, but this article uses the second. (...)
Monday 11 June 2007
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2 Usability

Definition of Usability The on-line encyclopaedia Wikipedia defines "Usability" as: The ease with which people can employ a particular tool or other human-made object in order to achieve a particular goal. The Wikipedia definition appears to be a simplified version of the definition given (...)
Tuesday 5 June 2007
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1 The Characteristics of Convivial Tools

The characteristics of convivial tools are those which enhance the user’s capability to work with independent efficiency. A fairly comprehensive list might include the following characteristics: Usability Intuitive Use Reliability Reparability Durability Ergonomics Simplicity Robustness (...)