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Domain specific design of user interfaces
Uppsala Universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2411-6417
Uppsala Universitet.
1995 (English)In: International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, ISSN 1044-7318, E-ISSN 1532-7590, Vol. 7, no 2, 135-151 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The use of graphical user interfaces in a computerized work environment is often considered to substantially improve the work situation. The outcome can, however, often be the opposite. Inappropriate use of windowing techniques, scrolling, and colors can result in tedious and confusing interaction with the computer. Today's standards and style guides define basic design principles but are insufficient for design of interfaces to end‐user applications. Here detailed domain knowledge is indeed essential. A domain‐specific style guide (DSSG) is an extension of today's standard with domain‐specific primitives, interface elements, and forms, together with domain‐specific guidelines. Careful dedicated analysis of information utilization in a domain is the development basis for a DSSG. The development is performed with an object‐oriented approach to facilitate the reuse of interface components and to support consistency and structure. Using a DSSG, the development of applications can be performed with a simplified information analysis. Therefore a more effective design process is possible, one in which end users can participate in the design using their own familiar domain‐related terminology. Time and costs for the development process can be drastically reduced if domain‐specific style guides, design guidelines, and development tools are used.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 1995. Vol. 7, no 2, 135-151 p.
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Human Computer Interaction
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-50608DOI: 10.1080/10447319509526116OAI: diva2:462292
QC 20111207Available from: 2011-12-06 Created: 2011-12-06 Last updated: 2011-12-07Bibliographically approved

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