, Volume 14, Issue 1-2, pp 89-119

The OSCON Operating System Consultant

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Abstract

OSCON (Operating System CONsultant) is an operatingsystem consultant which gives English answersto English queries about computer operating systems.The program currently answers queries for over 40commands from the UNIX and MS-DOSoperating systems. OSCON answers a widevariation of queries that users may wish to ask.OSCON is intended to be aconsultant for various types of userswho may ask vague and detailed queries.OSCON is programmed in Quintus Prolog andanswers queries in less than 2.5 seconds.An empirical study with the Wizard-of-Oz techniqueprovides important data for the further development of OSCON.