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Case study 1

19 January, 2016 - 15:24

The Xerox Alto was an early personal computer developed at Xerox PARC in 1973. It was the first computer to use the desktop metaphor and graphical user interface (GUI). Legend has it that the Alto interface inspired Steve Jobs in the design of the Apple Lisa™ and Macintosh™ computers. Below you can see a screenshot from the Alto showing its use of the WIMP interaction style.

Figure 1.1 Early implementation of the WIMP interaction style on the Xerox Alto

What do you think the implications of the WIMP interaction style turned out to be?