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Proceedings of the 41st Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2008) (2008)
Waikoloa, Big Island, Hawaii
Jan. 7, 2008 to Jan. 10, 2008
ISSN: 1530-1605
ISBN: 0-7695-3075-3
pp: 36
Inspired by Human Communication Cristian Bogdan, J?urgen Falb, Hermann Kaindl, Sevan Kavaldjian, Roman Popp, Helmut Horacek, Edin Arnautovic and Alexander Szep Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Computer Technology A?1040 Vienna, Austria {bogdan, falb, kaindl, kavaldjian, popp, horacek, arnautovic, szep} Abstract Programming user interfaces is hard, error-prone and expensive, but recent advances allow generating them from interaction design models. We present an approach for modeling interaction design that is inspired by human com- munication. Our interaction design models are discourse models, more precisely models of dialogues. They are based on theories of human communication and should, therefore, be more understandable to humans than programs imple- menting user interfaces. The main ingredients of our mod- els are communicative acts (Speech Act Theory), which are connected as adjacency pairs (Conversation Analysis) and via RST relations (Rhetorical Structure Theory). While RST provides useful means for modeling discourse in the sense of monologue, a dialogue results from connecting monologues via adjacency pairs. This paper presents a new metamodel that integrates these approaches. Based on it, we show how abstract user interfaces can be generated from such dis- course models. In a nutshell, we generate finite-state ma- chinery and employ rules devised by us to map parts of a discourse model to abstract widgets.

H. Kaindl et al., "Generating an Abstract User Interface from a Discourse Model Inspired by Human Communication," Proceedings of the 41st Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2008)(HICSS), Waikoloa, Big Island, Hawaii, 2008, pp. 36.
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