What's Usability, Anyway?

Matthew Paul Thomas explains different aspects of usability, writing:

Every so often, in a software project’s mailing list, bug tracker, or wiki, I see someone suggest a change they claim will «improve usability». This is an unhelpful choice of words. It’s unhelpful because usability involves multiple components.

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