Selecting the 'invisible' user interface development tool

Joanna Lumsden

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Developers of interactive software are confronted by an increasing variety of software tools to help engineer the interactive aspects of software applications. Typically resorting to ad hoc means of tool selection, developers are often dissatisfied with their chosen tool on account of the fact that the tool lacks required functionality or does not fit seamlessly within the context in which it is to be used. This paper describes a system for evaluating the suitability of user interface development tools for use in software development organisations and projects such that the selected tool appears ‘invisible’ within its anticipated context of use. The paper also outlines and presents the results of an informal empirical study and a series of observational case studies of the system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPeople and computers XVI - memorable yet invisible
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of HCI 2002
EditorsFintan Culwin, Xristine Faulkner, Janet Finlay, Françoise Détienne
Place of PublicationLondon (UK)
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4471-0105-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-85233-659-2
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Event16th annual BSC HCI conference - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 Sept 20026 Sept 2002


Conference16th annual BSC HCI conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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    Lumsden, J., Brewster, S., Crease, M. & Gray, P., 2002, Proceedings volume 2 of the 16th British HCI Conference London. Sharp, H., Chalk, P., LePeuple, J. & Rosbottom, J. (eds.). London (UK): British Computer Society , p. 6-9 4 p.

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