Pia Honold Siemens AG, Corporate Technology-User Interface Design, D-81730 Munich firstname.lastname@example.org
In recent years, the interest in the influence of culture on human-computer interaction has grown significantly within the HCI community. Global markets are in need of culture-fair products and practitioners are in need of a common knowledge base about Cross-cultural Usability Engineering. As different research communities have been dealing with Cross-cultural Usability Engineering, this field is today marked by a wide heterogeneity, as far as aims of research, methods and terms are concerned.
The aim of this article is to show developmental lines in the field of crosscultural usability engineering. Therefore, publications concerning humanmachine-interaction and culture were reviewed and clustered according to contents. Three main phases of Cross-cultural Usability Engineering emerged (see Table 1)1.
Using this as a base, the question for a new structuring of Cross-cultural Usability Engineering into more homogeneous fields of research is raised. In the following, the three main phases will be described in detail.____________________