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Henry, Jo-Ann Juchniewicz, Recognition of Icons Among
Four Groups of Computer Users. Doctor of Philosophy (High-
er Education), 1991, 66 pp., 6 tables, 2 illustrations,
references, 52 titles.
One idea common in the computer industry today is
that by the time a technological innovation reaches the
mass market it is already obsolete. News of recent techno-
logical developments race quickly through the computer in-
dustry, creating large scale competition among various bus-
inesses for the dollars of both educational institutions
and industries. In an effort to produce sophisticated and
powerful software readily accessible to users whose area of
expertise is not programming, software developers have in-
creasingly turned toward the simplest form of language and
concept representation--the icon.
As icons become increasingly sophisticated and their
function grows, so will their availability in various in-
terfaces. The number of users who operate them will also
increase. Advanced help systems and animation will assist
in relieving some difficulties while creating others. In
either case, icon recognizability will be a crucial factor
for anyone (novice or expert) who will use them.
The purpose of this study was to verify whether all
users unfamiliar with a graphical user interface (GUI)
system, specifically icons, will require assistance with
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Henry, Jo-Ann Theresa Juchniewicz. The recognition of icons among four groups of computer users, dissertation, December 1991; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc332661/m1/2/: accessed September 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .