The star user interface: An overview

David Canfield Smith, Charles Irby, Ralph Kimball, Eric Harslem

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In April 1981 Xerox announced the 8010 Star Information System, a new personal computer designed for office professionals who create, analyze, and distribute information. The Star user interface differs from that of other office computer systems by its emphasis on graphics, its adherence to a metaphor of a physical office, and its rigorous application of a small set of design principles. The graphic imagery reduces the amount of typing and remembering required to operate the system. The office metaphor makes the system seem familiar and friendly; it reduces the alien feel that many computer systems have. The design principles unify the nearly two dozen functional areas of Star, increasing the coherence of the system and allowing user experience in one area to apply in others.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAFIPS Conference Proceedings - 1982 National Computer Conference, AFIPS 1982
EditorsHoward Lee Morgan
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)088283035X, 9780882830353
StatePublished - Jun 7 1982
Externally publishedYes
Event1982 National Computer Conference, AFIPS 1982 - Houston, United States
Duration: Jun 7 1982Jun 10 1982

Publication series

NameAFIPS Conference Proceedings - 1982 National Computer Conference, AFIPS 1982


Conference1982 National Computer Conference, AFIPS 1982
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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