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Usability in Open Source Software

Feb 20, 2008, 02:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Celeste Lyn Paul)

"Being a designer in an open source project is not easy. For many years, usability specialists were disregarded, under appreciated, and ignored. This attitude probably sounds familiar to many of you because it was not too long ago that professional usability specialists encountered the same resistance.

"Over time, developers in the open source community became more knowledgeable about usability and design due to good case studies, developer-designer education, and increased exposure through industry software practices. It took several years before many open source projects embraced usability as part of the development process and not as an afterthought..."

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