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An Semantic Feedback in the Higgens UIMS
August 1988 (vol. 14 no. 8)
pp. 1188-1206

Almost all applications using interactive graphics contain important structures and concepts which are deeper than the geometres used to display them to the user. One of the major tasks of the system implementer is to cause the user interface to reflect this deeper structure accurately so that it may be directly manipulated by the user. The authors describe a tool, the Higgens user interface management system (UIMS), which can automate much of this task for a wide class of systems using interactive graphics. It is able to generate graphical user interfaces automatically from a high-level interface specification. These specifications are primarily nonprocedural in nature. They describe how graphical images can be automatically derived and updated based on applications entities, and how graphical inputs can be translated back into terms which are appropriate to the application.

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Index Terms:
semantic feedback; automatic programming; software tools; Higgens UIMS; interactive graphics; user interface; user interface management system; high-level interface specification; graphical images; applications entities; automatic programming; computer graphics; interactive programming; software tools; user interfaces
Citation:
S.E. Hudson, R. King, "An Semantic Feedback in the Higgens UIMS," IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 14, no. 8, pp. 1188-1206, Aug. 1988, doi:10.1109/32.7628
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