Shakespeare wrote something about a rose smelling as sweet no matter what the lovely bloom was called. Such is not the case when it comes to computer ergonomics. In fact, in the 21st century, merely because a computer, computer workstation, chair or other product is said to be ergonomically designed does not, in fact, mean that such a designation is in fact true.
At the present time in most countries around the world there simply are no laws or regulations determining how the term ergonomic can be applied. As a consequence, the term ergonomic is now used on innumerable products — whether or not these products have been designed with ergonomic concepts in mind.
Most industry experts believe that the term ergonomic has been so overused and misused in recent years that it really is of no consequence when it comes to its application to the label on a particular product. In other words, merely because a product is labeled that it has been designed with ergonomic considerations and practices in mind does not mean that has in fact occurred.
In point of fact, in order for a product to truly be ergonomically designed, it is absolutely necessary that the...