Model-Based Design and Evaluation of Interactive Applications / Edition 1

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If you are interested in understanding how the systematic use of task models in the design, development, and usability evaluation of interac tive software applications can open new opportunities and possibilitie s then this book will help you do just that. Fabio Patern also discuss es related issues relevant to designing user interfaces and provides a state-of-the-art review of the field, including recently developed me thods, current results and problems and trends. Details of the notatio n and analysis discussed, including case studies of industrial interes t, are available for those who want to use them for applied projects a nd in industrial contexts. While the book is designed to suit a range of academic and industrial courses on task models and methods for user interface design and evaluation, it will also be useful as supplement ary reading for any course on human-computer interaction and software engineering.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781852331559
  • Publisher: Springer London
  • Publication date: 1/14/2000
  • Series: Applied Computing Series
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Why Model-Based Design and Evaluation of Interactive Applications? Basic Concepts. Structure of the book and intended audience. Other sources of information.- 2. Model-Based Approaches: Task-Oriented Approaches. GOMS. The cycle of Norman. Task Analysis methods UAN. Petri Nets. UML. Exercises.- 3. Task Elicitation: Scenarios. Use Cases. Task Analysis. Support for task identification in informal scenarios. Task and errors. Exercises.- 4. The ConcurTaskTrees Notation: Introduction to ConcurTaskTrees. Task Allocation. Temporal Relationships. Task Types. Additional Information Associated with Tasks. Structuring the Task Model. Example of ConcurTaskTrees Specification. Tool Support. Task Models for Co-operative Applications. Exercises.- 5. Task-Based Design: Approaches to Designing Presentations. Criteria for Designing User Interfaces. Criteria to Group Tasks to be Supported by the Same Presentation. Designing User Interfaces with the Support of the Task Model. An Example. Tasks for Accessing Databases. Task-Oriented Help. Adaptability. Adaptivity. Concluding Remarks. Exercises.- 6. Architectural Models of Interactive Applications: Software Architectures for User Interfaces. The Interactor Model. Composition Operators for Interactors. From the Task Model to the User Interface Architecture Model. The Transformation Algorithm. Creations of Connections among Interactors to Support the Information Flow. Example of Application of the Transformation. Exercises.- 7. Patterns in Interactive Applications: Introduction. Patterns. How to Represent a Task Pattern. An Example of Task Pattern. Architectural Patterns. An Example of Architectural Pattern. Relationships between Tasks and Architectural Patterns. Tool Support for Patterns. Comments on Patterns. Exercises.- 8. Usability Evaluation: Criteria for User Interface Evaluation. Introduction to Approaches to Usability Evaluation. Examples of Methods for Usability Evaluation. Remote Usability Evaluation. The RemUsine Method. Evaluation of RemUsine. Exercises.- 9. Conclusions: Summarising the Results described. Suggestions for Open Areas of Interest. References. Index.

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