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HFES Plans Release of Draft Recommendations for User Interfaces

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society will soon be releasing documents as part of the HFES 200 project, aimed at increasing the accessibility, learnability, and ease of use of software user interfaces.

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) announces plans to release documents as part of the HFES 200 project that is intended to result in one or more American National Standards. A canvass list is currently being defined. The title of the HFES 200 project is "Human Factors Engineering of Software User Interfaces". The HFES plans to release all five Parts of HFES 200 in the 3rd Quarter of 2005 to a Canvass Committee formed under the Essential Requirements procedures of ANSI.

The objective of the HFES 200 standard is to provide design requirements and recommendations that will increase the accessibility, learnability, and ease of use of software. The ultimate beneficiaries of HFES 200 are the end users of software. It was the needs of these users that motivated the design recommendations in HFES 200. The application of this standard is intended to provide user interfaces that are more usable, accessible, consistent, and that enable greater productivity and satisfaction.

The HFES 200 Human Factors Engineering of Software User Interfaces standard currently consists of five parts:

HFES 200.1: Introduction

HFES 200.2: Accessibility

HFES 200.3: Interaction Techniques

HFES 200.4: Interactive Voice Response

HFES 200.5: Visual Presentation and Use of Color

HFES 200 Part 1: Introduction provides an overview on the content of the HFES 200 Parts, explains relationships among the individual Parts of HFES 200, and provides guidance on the relevance of individual Parts to the development process, so that designers may understand where and when to use the Parts of HFES 200

HFES 200 Part 2: Accessibility provides recommendations on features and functions of computer operating systems, drivers, application services, other software layers upon which applications depend, and applications that increase the accessibility of applications for users with disabilities. Hardware is not specifically addressed by any recommendations; however many hardware assistive devices may utilize recommended functions that are provided by operations system and application software. HFES 200 Part 2 has been extensively harmonized with the ISO 9241-171 Software Accessibility Committee Draft (CD) released in 1Q 2005.

HFES 200 Part 3: Interaction Techniques incorporates material from the International Standards Organization (ISO) 9241 Parts 13 through 17, and is compatible with those ISO standards.

HFES 200 Part 4: Interactive Voice Response consists of completely new material that has not appeared in ISO 9241 standards.

HFES 200 Part 5: Visual Presentation and Use of Color incorporates material from ISO 9241 Part 12, and includes new recommendations on the Use of Color.

The HFES 200 Committee is seeking qualified technical experts to serve on the committee to contribute to the specification of design requirements and to address comments as part of the ANSI consensus building process. Please contact Paul Reed, committee chair, at HFES for further information about joining the committee as a permanent member.

To request participation in the Canvass for HFES 200, please contact

Lynn Strother
HFES Executive Director
P.O. Box 1369
Santa Monica, CA. 90406-1369
PHONE: (310) 394-1811
FAX: (310) 394-2410

preferably using your company letterhead and with an explanation of how you are materially-affected or directly-affected by this potential national standard.


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