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Affordance and Symmetry in User Interfaces. / Cairns, Paul; Thimbleby, Harold.

In: Computer journal, Vol. 51, No. 6, 11.2008, p. 650-661.

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Cairns, P & Thimbleby, H 2008, 'Affordance and Symmetry in User Interfaces', Computer journal, vol. 51, no. 6, pp. 650-661. https://doi.org/10.1093/comjnl/bxm102

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Cairns, P., & Thimbleby, H. (2008). Affordance and Symmetry in User Interfaces. Computer journal, 51(6), 650-661. https://doi.org/10.1093/comjnl/bxm102

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Cairns P, Thimbleby H. Affordance and Symmetry in User Interfaces. Computer journal. 2008 Nov;51(6):650-661. https://doi.org/10.1093/comjnl/bxm102

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Cairns, Paul ; Thimbleby, Harold. / Affordance and Symmetry in User Interfaces. In: Computer journal. 2008 ; Vol. 51, No. 6. pp. 650-661.

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