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Author NameKemble, Jonathan
TitleDisplay of Multi-Attribute Data Using a Presentation Description Language
DepartmentComputer Science
  • Professor Robert E. Kinicki, Department Head
  • Professor Craig E. Wills, Major Advisor
  • Professor David C. Brown, Major Advisor
  • Keywords
  • design
  • user interface
  • Date of Presentation/Defense1994-08-24
    Availability unrestricted


    In order to make large applications that manage multi-attribute data usable, they must have an effective user interface. Application data and data relationships must be displayed in a manner that is useful for a particular user while still following principles of user interface design. A User Interface Management System (UIMS) is an application independent data presentation system which isolates the interface portion of the application and can allow a high level of customization. A presentation description language can be used to control the UIMS and allow maximum flexibility. This thesis investigates a UIMS controlled by a language that allows a user to easily describe the application data and data relationships at a high level of abstraction. The UIMS uses this language to structure application data and augment it with properties. A rule-based system then uses the augmented data along with graphical design knowledge to determine the content, layout and details of the interface used to display the data. Finally, a graphical interface is generated to present the data. A system to provide this functionality was designed and implemented. Experiences with the system showed this approach to be valid and provided ideas for future work.

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