History of User Interfaces: A Mahoneyan Perspective

Anker Helms Jørgensen

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This paper explores the relationship between the current state of art in history of user interfaces and history of computing, drawing upon the work of the late historian Michael Mahoney. Computing only attracted the interest of professional historians in the 1980s - until then exclusively the territory of computing pioneers like Jean Sammet, Maurice Wilkes, and Herbert Goldstine. One of these historians was Michael Mahoney. From 1988 to 2008 he published a good number of papers on the topic, primarily on the historiographic aspects, such as how can history of computing learn from history of technology and how do you go about doing historical enquiries in software engineering? The present paper describes how Mahoney’s papers have been inspiring and useful in my explorations in user interface history. The paper focusses on three points: genres and authorship, the tripartite nature of computing, and a palette of historiographic models. In sum, the current state of art in user interface history shares many features with history of computing twenty years ago. 
TitelProceedings of the Ninth Danish Human-Computer Interaction Research Symposium
RedaktørerOlav Berthelsen, Anne Marie Kanstrup
Antal sider4
ForlagAalborg Universitetsforlag
StatusUdgivet - 2009
BegivenhedDanish Human-Computer Interaction Research Symposium - Aarhus, Danmark
Varighed: 14 dec. 200914 dec. 2009
Konferencens nummer: 9


KonferenceDanish Human-Computer Interaction Research Symposium