Interface design tool based on explicit task models

Thomas R Hinrichs*, Ray Bareiss, Lawrence A Birnbaum, Gregg Collins

*Corresponding author for this work

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Producing high-quality, comprehensible human interfaces is a difficult, labor-intensive process that requires experience and judgment. In this paper, we describe an approach to assisting this process by using explicit models of the user's task to drive the interface design and to serve as a functional component of the interface itself. The task model helps to ensure that the resulting interface directly and transparently supports the user in performing his task, and serves as a scaffolding for providing in-context help and advice. By crafting a library of standardized, reusable tasks and interface constructs, we believe it is possible to capture some of the design expertise and to amortize much of the labor required for building effective user interfaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings
Number of pages2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996
EventProceedings of the 1996 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 96 - Vancouver, BC, Can
Duration: Apr 13 1996Apr 18 1996


OtherProceedings of the 1996 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 96
CityVancouver, BC, Can

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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