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Demonstrational Interfaces: A Step Beyond Direct Manipulation
August 1992 (vol. 25 no. 8)
pp. 61-73

Demonstrational interfaces, interfaces that let the user perform actions on concrete example objects while constructing an abstract program, thus letting the user create parameterized procedures and objects without learning a programming language, are discussed. The motivations for and problems associated with demonstrational interfaces are presented. A survey of the various types of interfaces is also presented. Areas that would benefit from demonstrational technology, including general-purpose programming, visualization, macros for direct-manipulation interfaces, drawing packages, text editing and formatting, and user interface development environments, are discussed. Research issues involving demonstrational interfaces are reviewed.

Citation:
Brad A. Myers, "Demonstrational Interfaces: A Step Beyond Direct Manipulation," Computer, vol. 25, no. 8, pp. 61-73, Aug. 1992, doi:10.1109/2.153286
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