Presentation Based User Interfaces
Author(s)Ciccarelli, Eugene C.
This research will develop a methodology for designing user interfaces for general-purpose interactive systems. The central concept is the presentation, a structured pictorial or text object conveying information about some abstract object to the user. The methodology models a user interface as a shared communication medium, user and system communicating to each other by manipulating presentations. The methodology stresses relations between presentations, especially presentations of the system itself; presentation manipulation by the user; presentation recognition by the system; and how properties of these establish a spectrum of interface styles. The methodology suggests a general system base providing mechanisms to support construction of user interfaces. As part of an argument that such a base is feasible and valuable, and to demonstrate the domain independence of the methodology, three test systems will be implemented.
MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Working Papers, WP-219