Programmability and Heuristics in the User Interface

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Computers have already saturated businesses, and an estimated 80% of all salaried workers will work at computers by the year 2000. Computers are also in 34% of all homes in the US, including 38% of all families with children under 18. Increasingly, these computers are used for recreation, education and information gathering, in addition to the more conventional business tasks of word processing, financial calculations and databases. Over eight in ten families planning a PC purchase in the next year cite ``children's educational use'' as the reason for the purchase. [from EDP Weekly, by Computer Age, Vol. 36, no. 41, Oct. 23, 1995. For these an many other statistics about computers, see http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~bam/numbers.html.]