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Garnet: Comprehensive Support for Graphical, Highly Interactive User Interfaces
November 1990 (vol. 23 no. 11)
pp. 71-85

The Garnet research project, which is creating a set of tools to aid the design and implementation of highly interactive, graphical, direct-manipulation user interfaces, is discussed. Garnet also helps designers rapidly develop prototypes for different interfaces and explore various user-interface metaphors during early product design. It emphasizes easy specification of object behavior, often by demonstration and without programming. Garnet contains a number of different components grouped into two layers. The Garnet Toolkit (the lower layer) supplies the object-oriented graphics system and constraints, a set of techniques for specifying the objects' interactive behavior in response to the input devices, and a collection of interaction techniques. On top of the Garnet Toolkit layer are a number of tools to make creating user interfaces easier. The components of both layers are described.

Citation:
Brad A. Myers, Dario A. Giuse, Roger B. Dannenberg, Brad Vander Zanden, David S. Kosbie, Edward Pervin, Andrew Mickish, Philippe Marchal, "Garnet: Comprehensive Support for Graphical, Highly Interactive User Interfaces," Computer, vol. 23, no. 11, pp. 71-85, Nov. 1990, doi:10.1109/2.60882
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