Archive for January, 2010


As you can appreciate, each subject that is connected to the paperless office, you could quite easily write a project on each area, as the project is about the paperless office , I’am trying to cover the main areas, and also some of the,  less areas but these areas. in my mind are connected , buy not directly connected, the section, regarding the reading from the screen and also web sites , to some people, this will not seem to be connected to the paperless office,

All the other aspect that the paperless office, should be covered, to the extent, what do you do in the office!!, how do spend you time in the work environment, people must read documents and information , to understand what there instructions are, and if you have to read a report and findings to any extent, to perform your duties, how can you except ,that the people will what to read the information on the screen , if research has shown that, generally people do not like reading form a screen  and the general layout of a standard web page design is not design for reading, only scan reading, this must bring to your attention, that they may be an area on concern, and the answer is not to print the information, obliviously this is defeating the object of the paperless office.

But so far form my finding, the issue has not been questioned, to the level of an answer that has been addressed to the general public and also been accepted by the general public.

As we have discussed that reading does play a big part in the role of a paperless office, an other role that does play, is an area of touch, or in a computer science, this may be in the area of haptics, as we all know haptics, is playing a part already, with the introduction touch screens, this is quite common, now, especially in the mobile phone industry, all the latest I phones are haptic, i.e.  Touch screen technology, can this play a part in the development of the paperless office.

One question, I have asked myself, is that, why has the development of the mobile phone, become more a social item and of course the development of the web or inter net, which has, become one of the biggest, social and media tools, the world has witnessed, but why has the development or the social process design of the computer stopped, when I say the computer, I mean the screen, hard drive compartment and the key board.

This design has not changed , for at least 15 years, the only area, what I what call , which was a social and revolutionary change, was the computer mouse, which came about approximately in 1984, form apple, but if you think about the general design, this has not changed at all, if we where to copy the accelerating rate of design technology as the mobile phone has, and we stayed at the same rate as the mobile phone, the hard drive would be a size of cigarette packed, if there would be a hard drive at all, the screen , would probably folding or beamed form a small box, that would be 3D , some thing like out of the star wars movies, the keyboard would probably only voice activated, or thought controlled, these might be a bit next generation , but I think you understand where I coming from, please don’t get me wrong, they are fit for purpose and do the job , we ask to do, but if we keep, accelerating at this rate with , the mobile phone and the net both as social accepted designs and service, what about the good old computer itself.

 

Been away from the blog from some time now, with Christmas and my exams, although my final year engineering project of the Paperless office is coming on slowly but surly.

I have been reading one of the better quality books, Myths of the Paperless Office, ( Sellen and Harper ) concentrating on the section of how we read paper and all the other surrounding attributes regarding this section.

Depending on how and who you are to an extent, you may be wondering why, we are looking at this section, if you do think about how the paperless office has or will carry on into the future, we must see how and why and what people read, weather it more business or  pleasure, do we still use books or the net, and are we still printing out every thing we need read or are we starting to read and collecting information from the net, as you can image reading can be done in all sort of areas, static , moving, bits of paper to remain you of certain things etc.

One thing that has jump out, is that if you want to read form the net, and not wanting to print out the article, is that, if you, let’s say, you want to read an article or a report, the design of the page or screen, for any  standard website has certain not been designed for reading, when I say reading, we mean, to sit down and read an article or report, which will take you more than, 4 minutes, next time you want to read an report or an article, form a webpage, take a closer look at the surround features and advertising which covers the article or report, you could say, much to distractions, the eye will have to look at the surrounding non information to take the whole page into account. We are not saying this, to all the things you read on the net, e mails and short messages, are great as they are, but when you have to read , and I mean read, the web is not designed for this feature, which takes us into the question, why place it, on the web in the first place, these are just a few areas, that have been looked at, one of the answers my be a reading mode button, that just views the contents of what you want to read with no advertising or distractions, or we might say that the general public, just might not ready for a culture change to read form a screen and not a piece of paper.