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Improving Automatic Interface Generation with Smart Templates

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posted on 2004-01-01, 00:00 authored by Jeffrey Nichols, Brad A. Myers, Kevin Litwack
One of the challenges of using mobile devices for ubiquitous re-mote control is the creation of the user interface. If automatically generated designs are used, then they must be close in quality to hand-designed interfaces. Automatically generated interfaces can be dramatically improved if they use standard conventions to which users are accustomed, such as the arrangement of buttons on a telephone dial-pad or the conventional play, stop, and pause icons on a media player. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for a system to determine where to apply design conventions because each appliance may represent its functionality differently. Smart Templates is a technique that uses parameterized templates in the appliance model to specify when such conventions might be automatically applied in the user interface. Our templates easily adapt to existing appliance models and interface generators on different platforms can apply appropriate design conventions using templates.


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