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HCI International News, Number 9, April 2005

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Special Announcements

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Did you know? Facts about HCII 2005

Almost three months before HCI International 2005, let me remind you a few facts that might encourage you to register if you have not already done so:

  • Keynote speech will be addressed by Nobel Laureate Dr. Gerald M. Edelman.
  • Expect to meet over 2000 professionals in the field of HCI coming from 48 countries around the world.
  • Select among 21 parallel sessions on a variety of topics.
  • Choose among 26 pre-conference tutorials offered by recognized experts in the field of HCI.
  • Review 200 poster presentations and discuss the findings with their authors.
  • Over 50 companies will exhibit their products and services, in one of the biggest expositions ever held in an HCI related conference.
  • Enjoy outstanding social events and chat with friends and other conference participants.

A.M.

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Book Review: Designing Usable Electronic Text, 2nd Edition

Advances in computer technology and ultimately the Internet and World Wide Web has revolutionized access to all sorts of information and knowledge through electronic text. Although paper copies of documents or books still are one of the most important sorts of reading, more and more, the e-book and electronic text are replacing hard copy documents. How should texts be presented in an electronic version? What are the principles we need to follow in order to create more user friendly and useable electronic text? These are the fundamental questions that Andrew Dillon tries to answer in the 10 chapters of the second edition of Designing Usable Electronic Text. After an extensive review of the empirical literature on reading from screens (Chapter 3) and comprehensive review and description of reading process (Chapter 7), the author provides guidelines to classify information (Chapter 5), capturing data on reading (Chapter 6), shaping and structuring documents (Chapter 7), design, evaluation and users’ performance in reading digital documents (chapter 8 and 9). All the guidelines are paralleled with research and acquired knowledge in designing electronic text. Designing Usable Electronic Text is without question an important resource to all professionals involved in the human-computer interaction field and user interface designs.

A.M.

Designing Usable Electronic Text, 2nd Edition, Andrew Dillon, CRC Press, 2004. 2114 pages
ISBN 0–415–24059–X.

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Few Exhibition Booths still available at HCII 2005

Exhibition sign-up will end on April 15, 2005. A very few extra booth spaces may be added to the current exhibition layout. A variety of related product and technology companies will exhibit at HCII 2005 (see the list of Exhibitors).
Of the 54 Exhibition booths, 53 are already committed to a variety of state-of-the-art HCI technologies.

For more information, please contact Dr. Abbas Moallem, Communication and Exhibition Chair

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Sponsorship of HCI International 2005

Sponsorship is now open. Organizations wishing to sponsor a special event or to be a general sponsor of the Conference are welcome to contact Dr. Abbas Moallem, Communication and Exhibition Chair

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Interesting Recent Articles

“The Effect of Third-Party Seals on Consumer Trust toward an E-Commerce Website”, HOT Topics, February 2005
“Authentic Behavior in User Testing”, Alertbox, February 14, 2005.
“Usability of Websites for Teenagers”, Alertbox, January 31, 2005.
“Making The Web A Sight For Sore Eyes”, InternetWeek, Jan 26, 2005
“Rational Rev Appeals To Experts, Neophytes”, CRN.COM, Jan. 21, 2005
“The answer you're searching for... is "Browse"”, UI Design Update Newsletter, January, 2005
“In Web Search, Four Words Is The Sweet Spot”, InternetWeek, Feb 22, 2005
“How Search Engines Alert Consumers to the Presence of Advertising in Search Results”, Consumer Reports WebWatch, November 8, 2004

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Upcoming Conferences and Events in the HCI Area

2-7 April: CHI 2005, Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Portland, OR, USA.
5-7 April: Ergonomics Society Annual Conference, Hertfordshire, UK.
12-15 April: Creativity & Cognition 2005, 5th Creativity and Cognition conference, London, UK.
13-14 April: HOIT 2005, Home-Oriented Informatics and Telematics, York, UK.
20-22 April: Laval Virtual 2005, 7th Virtual Reality international conference, Laval, France.
28-29 April: Gel 2005, The third GEL, Good Experience Live, conference, New York, NY, USA.

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Reserve Caesars Palace accommodation by April 15, 2005 & Win

Book your Caesars Palace accommodation by April 15, 2005 and you will be eligible to win one of these fantastic Las Vegas Awards, compliments of HCI International and Caesars Palace!

  • 1st Prize - Complimentary Double Bay Suite Upgrade (1100 square feet total)
  • 2nd Prize - Grand Canyon Scenic Flight and Jubilee! Backstage Tour
  • 3rd Prize-Chauffeured Limousine Service from the airport to the hotel and back.

A random drawing will be held on April 16, 2005 and the winners will be promptly notified. If you have already made your bookings and you win, then your total payment will be fully refunded.

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Announcement

Call for Papers, Special Issue on Driver-Centered Design, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, deadline: 1 August 2005

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Previous Issues of HCI International NEWS are available online.

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Contribute to HCI International NEWS

We welcome your contribution to the HCI International News. Please send us interesting news, short articles, interesting websites, etc. We will consider your comments and contributions for upcoming issues.
Please send your contribution to the Editor, Dr. Abbas Moallem.

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About HCI International NEWS

The HCI International NEWS is a newsletter about Human - Computer Interaction topics, the HCII 2005 Conference deadlines and activities, the HCII 2005 Exhibition, news in the area of Human - Computer Interaction and more. If you have any questions or comments, or if you would like to contribute, please contact the Editor, Dr. Abbas Moallem.

The opinions that are expressed in this Newsletter are the sole responsibility of its authors and do not represent any institution or company

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