A foundation for translating user interaction designs into OSF/Motif-based software
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User Action Notation (UAN) is a useful technique for representing user interaction designs in the behavioral domain. Primary abstractions in UAN-expressed designs are user tasks. Information about interface objects is encapsulated in user task descriptions and scenarios. Primary abstractions in a GUI such as Motifâ ¢ are interface objects. Motif implements objects' behavior and appearance using system functions that are encapsulated within pre-defined object classes. Therefore, user interaction developers and software developers must communicate well to translate UAN-expressed interaction designs into Motif-based software designs. Translation is not trivial since it is a translation between two significantly different domains.
This thesis contributes to understanding of the user interface development process by developing a foundation to assist translation of user interaction designs into Motif-based software designs. This thesis develops the foundation as follows: 1. Adapt UAN for use with Motif. 2. Summarize Motif concepts about objects and object relationships. 3. Develop new approaches for discussing objects and object relationships. 4. Develop a partial translation guide containing VAN descriptions of selected Motif abstractions.
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