The Anti-Mac interface

Ernest N. Prabhakar (
Mon, 9 Dec 1996 15:25:40 -0800 (PST)

According to the Macintosh guidelines [2], the design of human interfaces for
Macintosh system software and applications is based on a number of
fundamental principles of human-computer interaction. These principles have
led to excellent graphical interfaces, but we wonder: How do these principles
limit the computer-human interface? What types of interfaces would result
from violating these principles?
We will address these two questions for each of the Macintosh human interface
design principles. (The Macintosh design principles and their corresponding
Anti-Mac principles are summarized in Table 1.)

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