Has the Eclipse Platform implemented with any concepts of ISO-9241 in mind? If so, which parts?

Is the menu functionality provided by the Eclipse Rich Client Platform adhering to ISO 9241-14:1997. Ergonomic requirements for office work with visual display terminals (VDTs) -- Part 14: Menu dialogues, if used standardly, as implicated by the providers?

  • There are some nice summaries of the standard on our friend Wikipedia, including depreciated sub-sections. Do a quick scan over there. Some are harder to test than others without special equipment (pixel defects spring to mind) but most are easy to verify with a working knowledge of the application.
    – Gusdor
    Sep 16, 2013 at 9:46
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    The question is broad. ISO 9241 has approximately 37 parts. A more focused question about ask about Eclipse's adherence to one part, e.g., Part 14 - Menu Dialogues. Also 'Eclipse Platform' is ambiguous. It could mean any one of the 13+ Eclipse packages available on the Eclipse Foundation's Downloads page or it could mean the Eclipse Rich Client Platform that is the starting point for creating rich client's with Eclipse
    – JonW
    Sep 19, 2013 at 8:05
  • I've edited the question to clarify what I'm actually asking for.
    – s.d
    Sep 20, 2013 at 9:39

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In the 2007 Master thesis Exploring Usability Guidelines for Rich Internet Applications Eclipse is mentioned as a tool used, but never in compliance with ISO 9241. The same goes for the Eclipse wiki, where Rich Client Platform is a big part. Nothing on ISO 9241 is mentioned on these pages. If you search for "ISO" you find reference to other standards such as 8807, ISO-8859-1 (8-bit single-byte coded graphic character sets used in web pages), 3166, 704, 9000 and more standards - but not 9241.

To conclude, it's a fair assumption that Eclipse Rich Client Platform is not complaint with ISO-9241. If it where, it would have been mentioned.

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