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Mary F. Theofanos, Brian C. Stanton


In 2005 the International Standards Organization published ISO/IEC 25062 “Common Industry Format (CIF) for Usability Test Reports”. This standard focused on documenting the results of usability testing in a consistent format in terms of user effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction that would allow comparison among products by purchasers of such systems. However, soon after its publication the user community advocated for additional standards to document the output of usability-related work within the development life-cycle of interactive systems. A general framework for usability-related information (ISO/IEC Technical Report 25060) is now available that identifies seven outputs of the usability-engineering process. Although the framework focuses on documenting those elements needed for design and development of usable systems it is critical to understand the relationship of these elements to the human centered design process and the activities of the system life-cycle processes. These new Common Industry Format standards for usability-related information are a further step in standardizing usability engineering in industry.
Proceedings Title
HCI International 2011
Conference Dates
July 9-14, 2011
Conference Location
Orlando, FL


Usability, User Centered Design, Common Industry Format, standards, lifecycle, software development


Theofanos, M. and Stanton, B. (2011), USABILITY STANDARDS ACROSS THE DEVELOPMENT LIFECYCLE, HCI International 2011 , Orlando, FL, [online], (Accessed June 18, 2024)


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Created July 11, 2011, Updated February 19, 2017