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meet Howard Harawitz, internet pioneer

We’ve worked with many fascinating people over the years, from all walks of life. ‘Meet’ is about sharing a little about these individuals.

Howard Harawitz is well known in Internet circles as the developer of the world’s first commercial Web page editor, HTML Assistant Pro. He is also the author of some of the earliest microcomputer software programs.

Howard’s golden rules for software development

“Simple” it is easy to grasp and use and is neither obscure nor cluttered with an overabundance of questionable features.

“Smart” it ‘knows’ the user’s requirements and can lead them through the steps required by the application.

“Transparent” there is nothing hidden or mysterious going on. clear messages let users know what is happening or expected at all times.

“Smooth” the software anticipates the users needs and does not put unnecessary obstacles in the way of the program’s operation. this promotes a feeling of effortlessness, freeing users to think creatively about the task at hand with a minimum of attention required to operate the software.

“Attractive” the software is pleasing to look at and fun to use. it incorporates good graphic design principles in its screen presentations, color schemes and iconography. its verbal messages are informative, concise and friendly.

Howard Harawitz is well known in Internet circles as the developer of the world’s first commercial Web page editor, HTML Assistant Pro.

During the 1960s and 70s, Howard lived and worked in close proximity to the “Silicon Valley” area of Northern California. He worked with the founders of the industry and developed some of its earliest software products — for both the arts and engineering. Howard was a participant in San Francisco’s “Computer Faires”, the industry’s first trade shows. Other participants included Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates, John Dvorak, Lee Felsenstein, Adam Osborn and many others whose industry contributions are well known.

A practitioner of the arts for many years, Mr. Harawitz is an active electronic musician and photographer. His photos have been used in television documentaries, published in books and magazines, as well as by the British Broadcasting Company as part of its Open University series that is delivered on the Internet. Earlier this year, two of his photographs were installed as photo murals at the University of California’s Berkeley campus. His musical compositions have been used by theatre groups in Northern California, and at the St. Mary’s University Art Gallery.

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