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Achieving Usability Through Software Architecture

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In this paper, we present an approach to improving the usability of software systems by means of software architectural decisions. We identify specific connections between aspects of usability, such as the ability to undo, and software architecture. We also formulate each aspect of usability as a scenario with a characteristic stimulus and response. For every scenario, we provide an architecture pattern that implements its aspect of usability. We then organize the usability scenarios by category. One category presents the benefits of these aspects of usability to users or their organizations. A second category presents the architecture mechanisms that directly relate to the aspects of usability. Finally, we present a matrix that correlates these two categories with the general scenarios that apply to them.

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SEI

Bass, Len; John, Bonnie; & Kates, Jesse. Achieving Usability Through Software Architecture (CMU/SEI-2001-TR-005). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2001. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5605

IEEE

Bass. Len, John. Bonnie, and Kates. Jesse, "Achieving Usability Through Software Architecture," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Report CMU/SEI-2001-TR-005, 2001. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5605

APA

Bass, Len., John, Bonnie., & Kates, Jesse. (2001). Achieving Usability Through Software Architecture (CMU/SEI-2001-TR-005). Retrieved April 23, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5605

CHI

Len Bass, Bonnie John, & Jesse Kates. Achieving Usability Through Software Architecture (CMU/SEI-2001-TR-005). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2001. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5605

MLA

Bass, Len., John, Bonnie., & Kates, Jesse. 2001. Achieving Usability Through Software Architecture (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2001-TR-005). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5605