Formal Methods in Human-Computer Interaction

Overview

First published in 1990, this book discusses the application of formal methods to the human-computer interface. Formal methods - the attempt to provide methods that rigourously and unambiguously describe the behaviour of a computer program or system - is receiving a great deal of attention in human-computer interaction (HCI). Topics such as the specification of a system, the construction of a system from its specification and the abstraction of a specification from an existing system, are clearly of great ...

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Overview

First published in 1990, this book discusses the application of formal methods to the human-computer interface. Formal methods - the attempt to provide methods that rigourously and unambiguously describe the behaviour of a computer program or system - is receiving a great deal of attention in human-computer interaction (HCI). Topics such as the specification of a system, the construction of a system from its specification and the abstraction of a specification from an existing system, are clearly of great theoretical and practical interest. The contributors to the work are well-known in the field of HCI and their articles cover much of the work in the area. The book is a series of papers specially commissioned by the editors for the book; it is thus a coherent and important contribution to the area.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780521448673
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/23/2009
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Contributors; 1. The role of formal methods in human-computer interaction Michael Harrison and Harold Thimbleby; 2. HCI formalisms and cognitive psychology: the case of Task-Action Grammar Franz Schiele and Thomas Green; 3. Putting design into practice: formal specification and the user interface Roger Took; 4. Non-determinism as a paradigm for understanding the user interface Alan Dix; 5. A state model of direct manipulation in interactive systems Michael Harrison and Alan Dix; 6. Specification, analysis and refinement of interactive processes Bernard Sufrin and Jifeng He; 7. From abstract models to functional prototypes Colin Runciman; 8. Designing abstractions for communication control Gilbert Cockton; 9. Structuring dialogues using CSP Heather Alexander; Bibliography; Index.

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