Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

UC Berkeley

Designing BiblioText: An Experiment in User Interface Design

Michael L. Van De Vanter

EECS Department
University of California, Berkeley
Technical Report No. UCB/CSD-88-454
October 1988

http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/1988/CSD-88-454.pdf

Principled approaches to the design of user interfaces are typically unsubstantiated by practical experience, or are validated only through laboratory experiments with toy programs. This experiment applies several theoretically motivated approaches to the user interface of an existing, practical program of moderate complexity; these approaches include conceptual models, task based design, the use of metaphor, direct manipulation, and empirical evaluation. Although necessarily informal, the experiment yields insight into the utility of these approaches, as well as observations on more general themes such as specialization versus generality, multiple models and their limits, the problem of context, and the elusiveness of consistency as a design goal.


BibTeX citation:

@techreport{Van De Vanter:CSD-88-454,
    Author = {Van De Vanter, Michael L.},
    Title = {Designing BiblioText: An Experiment in User Interface Design},
    Institution = {EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley},
    Year = {1988},
    Month = {Oct},
    URL = {http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/1988/5758.html},
    Number = {UCB/CSD-88-454},
    Abstract = {Principled approaches to the design of user interfaces are typically unsubstantiated by practical experience, or are validated only through laboratory experiments with toy programs. This experiment applies several theoretically motivated approaches to the user interface of an existing, practical program of moderate complexity; these approaches include conceptual models, task based design, the use of metaphor, direct manipulation, and empirical evaluation. Although necessarily informal, the experiment yields insight into the utility of these approaches, as well as observations on more general themes such as specialization versus generality, multiple models and their limits, the problem of context, and the elusiveness of consistency as a design goal.}
}

EndNote citation:

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%D 1988
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