Ergonomics of human-system interaction — Part 11: Usability: Definitions and concepts (Adopted ISO 9241-11:2018, second edition, 2018-03)
Standards development within the Information Technology sector is harmonized with international standards development. Through the CSA Technical Committee on Information Technology (TCIT), Canadians serve as the SCC Mirror Committee (SMC) on ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 on Information Technology (ISO/IEC JTC1) for the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), the ISO member body for Canada and sponsor of the Canadian National Committee of the IEC. Also, as a member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Canada participates in the International Telegraph and Telephone Consultative Committee (ITU-T).
The International Standard, was reviewed by the CSA TCIT under the jurisdiction of the CSA Strategic Steering Committee on Information Technology and deemed acceptable for use in Canada. From time to time, ISO/IEC may publish addenda, corrigenda, etc. The TCIT will review these documents for approval and publication. For a listing, refer to the Current Standards Activities page at standardsactivities.csa.ca. This Standard has been formally approved, without modification, by the Technical Committee and has been developed in compliance with Standards Council of Canada requirements for National Standards of Canada. It has been published as a National Standard of Canada by CSA Group.
This document provides a framework for understanding the concept of usability and applying it to situations where people use interactive systems, and other types of systems (including built environments), and products (including industrial and consumer products) and services (including technical and personal services).
NOTE In this document, the phrase object of interest refers to the system, product or service for which usability is being considered (see 8.1).
— explains that usability is an outcome of use;
— defines key terms and concepts;
— identifies the fundamentals of usability; and
— explains the application of the concept of usability.
It does not describe specific processes or methods for taking account of usability in design development or evaluation.
The intended users of this document include:
— usability/ergonomics/human factors professionals;
— designers and developers of systems, products and services;
— quality assurance personnel;
— public and corporate purchasers; and
— consumer organizations.
The most common applications of this document are in design and evaluation.