Learning, using and designing filenames and command paradigms

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What are names for computer files and commands like? How do people go about naming them? How do the properties such names can have affect the ease with which they can be learned and used? This paper sketches a general view of names and naming in which the linguistic forms that names take are deliberately structured to reflect functional interrelations between their referents. This view is then applied to an analysis of personal filenames chosen by CMS users and to a series of experimental studies of command languages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-346
Number of pages20
JournalBehaviour and Information Technology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • General Social Sciences
  • Human-Computer Interaction


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