Technical Report CS0526

Title: Tile Adaptable User Interface
Authors: E. Kantorowitz and O. Sudrsky
Abstract: Most user interfaces are based on a single method of communication between the user and the system (a single "dialogue mode"). Some systems provide several user interfaces, e.g. a menu interface for novice usezs and a command language for experienced users. We propose a single adaptable user interface (AUI) which allows the user to switch between dialogue modes at any time- even in the middle of a command. This is useful when the user is partly familiar with the system, and when different dialogue modes are appropriate for the various parameters of a single command. The freedom to employ. the most suitable dialogue mode is expected to contribute to user productivity and satisfaction. A user interface management system (UIMS) was implemented in order to test the practicality of AUIs and their automatic generation.
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