BS EN ISO 9241-410:2008+A1:2012 - Ergonomics of human-system interaction. Design criteria for physical input devices

BS EN ISO 9241-410:2008+A1:2012

Ergonomics of human-system interaction. Design criteria for physical input devices

Status : Current   Published : April 2009



This part of ISO 9241 specifies criteria based on ergonomics factors for the design of physical input devices for interactive systems including keyboards, mice, pucks, joysticks, trackballs, trackpads, tablets and overlays, touch-sensitive screens, styli and light pens, and voice- and gesture-controlled devices. It gives guidance on the design of these devices, taking into consideration the capabilities and limitations of users, and specifies generic design criteria for physical input devices, as well as specific criteria for each type of device. Requirements for the design of products are given either as a result of context-free considerations, or else can be determined based on the specified design criteria for the intended use; such specified criteria generally having been subdivided into task-oriented categories, wherever applicable.


The resolution of a pointing device is given in relation to four levels of index of difficulty for the Fitts test. The required category for the resolution can be determined on the basis of the task characteristics, user population and context of use for the intended application.

This part of ISO 9241 does not specify the categories that are appropriate for devices as, according to the concept of usability, a product has no inherent usability. Selecting the category to which a certain property of a device belongs is subject to the design of a product.

This part of ISO 9241 is expected to be used by the manufacturers of physical input devices, including product designers and test organizations, in determining the design characteristics of a device for its intended context of use (user population, task, software or environment, etc.). The data generated by the users of this part of ISO 9241 for the description of the properties of their products can be applied in the selection of a device adequate for the actual context of use on the basis of the task primitives relevant for the task of the specific user population, and for achieving the required level of efficiency and effectiveness for a given system.

Standard NumberBS EN ISO 9241-410:2008+A1:2012
TitleErgonomics of human-system interaction. Design criteria for physical input devices
Publication Date30 April 2009
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)ISO 7000, ISO 9241-400:2007, ISO/TS 9241-411, ISO/IEC 9995, IEC 60417-DB
Informative References(Provided for Information)ISO 6385, ISO 9241-5:1998, ISO 9241-6, ISO 9241-110, ISO 9241-300, ISO 9241-302, ISO 9241-303, ISO 9241-305, ISO 9241-306, ISO 9241-307, ISO/IEC 9995, ISO 11690-1, ISO 13732-1:2006, IEC 60950, ISO 9241-4, ISO 9241-9
ReplacesBS EN ISO 9241-4:1998, BS EN ISO 9241-9:2000
International RelationshipsEN ISO 9241-410:2008,ISO 9241-410:2008
Amended ByAmendment, November 2012. Amends and replaces BS EN ISO 9241-410:2008. Corrigendum, September 2014.
Draft Superseded By06/30099081 DC
DescriptorsErgonomics, Office machines, Display devices (computers), Office equipment, Computer terminals, Computer peripheral equipment, Control devices, Keyboards, Keys (keyboards), Light pens, Speech recognition, Design Touchscreens, Mice
Title in FrenchErgonomie de l'interaction homme-système. Critères de conception des dispositifs d'entrée physiques
Title in GermanErgonomie der Mensch-System-Interaktion. Gestaltungskriterien für physikalische Eingabegeräte
ISBN978 0 580 88162 6
File Size2.146 MB

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