© 1992

Building Interactive Systems

Architectures and Tools

  • Philip Gray
  • Roger Took
Conference proceedings

Part of the Workshops in Computing book series (WORKSHOPS COMP.)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Architectures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-5
    2. Harold Thimbleby, Andy Cockburn, Steve Jones
      Pages 35-55
    3. D. A. Duce, P. J. W. ten Hagen, R. van Liere
      Pages 69-84
    4. Peter Rosner, Mel Slater, Allan Davison
      Pages 85-103
    5. E. A. Edmonds, I. Reid, S. P. Heggie, D. J. Cornali
      Pages 115-127
  3. Tools

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 243-245

About these proceedings


Architectures and tools are two important considerations in the construction of interactive computer systems. The former is concerned with the optimal structural organisation of systems and the latter with the effective support of the design and management of user interfaces. They are regarded as the areas of research most likely to contribute to the development of existing interactive systems, in particular by providing improved architectures capable of supporting new styles of interaction and more sophisticated software tools to improve productivity. This volume combines the proceedings of two workshops held in York and Glasgow which concentrated on architectures and tools respectively. In doing so it addresses the problems of user interface construction from two complementary viewpoints and provides alternative perspectives on many of the central issues. Some of the papers are published in expanded form to provide a more comprehensive coverage of the topics and two additional papers have been included which offer a useful insight into issues raised by the workshops. The papers address formal and theoretical concerns as well as academic and commercial ones. Specific topics covered include novel-input models, architectures for real-time systems and object-oriented user interface tools for X-widgets, NeWS- and Smalltalk-based applications. The papers also include presentations of new tools and architectural designs. Building Interactive Systems: Architectures and Tools provides the most extensive recent account of research into the relationship between architectures and tools in the construction of interactive computer systems and will be of interest to researchers, postgraduate students and software developers.


Design Graphical User Interface Interaction Interface Object-oriented systems User Interface Design User Interfaces computer development human-computer interaction (HCI) interactive system interfaces productivity software user interface

Editors and affiliations

  • Philip Gray
    • 1
  • Roger Took
    • 2
  1. 1.Computing Science DepartmentUniversity of GlasgrowGlasgowScotland, UK
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of YorkYorkUK

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Building Interactive Systems
  • Book Subtitle Architectures and Tools
  • Editors Philip Gray
    Roger Took
  • Series Title Workshops in Computing
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-540-19736-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4471-3548-7
  • Series ISSN 1431-1682
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 245
  • Number of Illustrations 93 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Jointly published with British Computer Society
  • Topics Computer Communication Networks
    Software Engineering
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