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Toward more understandable user interface specifications
Luleå tekniska universitet.
1996 (English)In: Design, Specification, and Verification of Interactive Systems '96: (Eurographics) / [ed] F. Bodart; J. Vanderdonckt, Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology/Springer Verlag, 1996Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Many different methods have been used to specify user interfaces: algebraic specification, grammars, task description languages, transition diagrams with and without extensions, rule-based systems, and by demonstration. However, none of these methods has been widely adopted. Current user interfaces are still built by writing a program, perhaps with the aid of a UIMS. There are two principal reasons for this. First, specification languages are difficult to use. Reading a specification and understanding its exact meaning is very difficult. Writing a correct specification is even more difficult. Second, most specification languages are not executable. This means that after the user interface programmer makes the effort to write a specification, the user interface must still be coded. As a consequence, most programmers have little incentive to do a specification. A pilot study into the comprehensibility of specifications is described. The results of this study suggest that user interface specifications are difficult to interpret manually. A possible solution to this problem, specification animation, is also described.

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Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology/Springer Verlag, 1996.
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-37946Local ID: c2707720-86b3-11db-8975-000ea68e967bOAI: diva2:1011445
Eurographics Workshop : 05/06/1996 - 07/06/1996
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