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Designing Maintainable, Reusable Interfaces
November/December 1992 (vol. 9 no. 6)
pp. 24-32

A conceptual framework, the Interaction Management Network (IMN), that captures the essential structure of any interface from task-oriented specification to object-oriented implementation is presented. IMN is essentially a task-oriented specification scheme based on a semantic network. For each element, as well as for the complete network, there is a direct representation suitable for object-oriented implementation. By capturing task relationships in the interface specification and explicitly representing constraints, designers can create interfaces that meet the often elusive user requirements. The application of IMN to creating an interface system for laying out floors is described.

Index Terms:
maintainable interfaces; floor layout; reusable interfaces; Interaction Management Network; task-oriented specification; object-oriented; semantic network; task relationships; interface specification; object-oriented methods; software reusability; user interface management systems
Citation:
Raimund K. Ege, Christian Stary, "Designing Maintainable, Reusable Interfaces," IEEE Software, vol. 9, no. 6, pp. 24-32, Nov.-Dec. 1992, doi:10.1109/52.168855
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