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Introducing Usability Practices to OSS: The Insiders’ Experience

  • Stanisław Osiński
  • Dawid Weiss
Part of the IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 234)

Abstract

This paper presents a case study of introducing usability practices to a small open source project called Carrot2. We describe our experiences from a point of view of an active Carrot2 developer, who is at the same time a usability enthusiast and practitioner. We perform a critical analysis of the system’s original user interface and describe the steps we took to improve it. We also analyse the success factors and the impact of the whole redesign process.

Keywords

Search Result Open Source Software Open Source Project Sorting Order Usability Enthusiast 
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Copyright information

© International Federation for Information Processing 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stanisław Osiński
    • 1
  • Dawid Weiss
    • 2
  1. 1.Poznan Supercomputing and Networking CenterPoznan
  2. 2.Institute of Computing SciencePoznan University of TechnologyPoznan

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