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User Driven Evolution of User Interface Models – The FLEPR Approach

  • Stefan Hennig
  • Jan Van den Bergh
  • Kris Luyten
  • Annerose Braune
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6948)

Abstract

In model-based user interface development, models at different levels of abstraction are used. While ideas may initially only be expressed in more abstract models, modifications and improvements according to user’s feedback will likely be made at the concrete level, which may lead to model inconsistencies that need to be fixed in every iteration. Transformations form the bridge between these models. Because one-to-one mappings between models cannot always be defined, these transformations are completely manual or they require manual post-treatment.

We propose interactive but automatic transformations to address the mapping problem while still allowing designer’s creativity. To manage consistency and semantic correctness within and between models and therefore to foster iterative development processes, we are combining these with techniques to track decisions and modifications and techniques of intra- and inter-model validation. Our approach has been implemented for abstract and concrete user interface models using Eclipse-based frameworks for model-driven engineering. Our approach and tool support is illustrated by a case study.

Keywords

User interface models model transformations interactive model transformations model consistency model synchronization 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan Hennig
    • 1
  • Jan Van den Bergh
    • 2
  • Kris Luyten
    • 2
  • Annerose Braune
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of AutomationTechnische Universität DresdenDresdenGermany
  2. 2.Expertise Centre for Digital MediaHasselt University – tUL – IBBTDiepenbeekBelgium

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