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Measurement System for User Interface Design

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000121131D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-03
Document File: 3 page(s) / 134K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hiraga, R: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a support system for user interface designers. It displays quantitative information automatically derived from designed artifacts. This information helps designers to detect design flaws and errors, thus to establish a design rationale.

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Measurement System for User Interface Design

      Disclosed is a support system for user interface
designers. It displays quantitative information automatically derived
from designed artifacts. This information helps designers to detect
design flaws and errors, thus to establish a design rationale.

      The system has two sets of functions which provide designers
with measurements for user interface components in each panel and
with visualized application structures for panel transitions.
Examples of the data displayed in the analysis functions for the two
types of measurements are as follows:
 1. Data on panel component objects include the count, the size, and
the position of each type of layout object in a panel.  Examples of
types are label, output area, input area, and action description. The
numbers of acceptable inputs and neighboring panels also fall into
this first category.
 2. Data on panel transitions are further categorized into task class
data and application class data.
 2.1. Task class data estimate the efforts required for a user to
perform a task.  Examples are the numbers of panels and actions, and
the simulated response time necessary to complete a given task. If
the design is on a graphical user interface (GUI), the distance of
mouse movement in a task is also included in this class.
 2.2. Application class data describe the overall behavior of an
application.  The application structure for panel transitions is
assigned to this class.  Statistics of the values in the other types
of measurements are accumulated to obtain the maximum, minimum, and
mean numbers.

      The significance of a set of data for review depends on the
base user interface system and the interaction device. For instance,
data on the number and position of colors or the type of mouse click
are important in the user interface on a GUI system, but may be of no
value in the design on a non-GUI mono-panel.

      In the following example, the analysis functions are tuned for
a full-screen interaction system and realized as...