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Generations of User-Interface Management Systems
September/October 1990 (vol. 7 no. 5)
pp. 77-87

The term user-interface management system (UIMS) is used to refer to a broad category of interface-development systems supporting interface development during all life-cycle phases. The evolution of UIMSs is presented, focusing on distinguishing characteristics that have emerged to delineate the significant differences in various types of UIMSs. Example systems that typify each generation are briefly described. The relationships (or lack thereof) of each generation to software engineering are explored.

Index Terms:
user-interface management systems; UIMS; interface-development systems; life-cycle phases; software engineering; interactive systems; programming; programming environments; software tools; user interfaces
Citation:
Deborah Hix, "Generations of User-Interface Management Systems," IEEE Software, vol. 7, no. 5, pp. 77-87, Sept.-Oct. 1990, doi:10.1109/52.57895
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