Contextsensitive help-facilities in GUIs through situations

  • Friedrich Strauss
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 733)


Standard Graphical User Interfaces (GUI) or User Interface Management Systems (UIMS) fail to supply a user with sufficient information about its usage. These systems usually provide a uniform representation of interfaces for different applications but lack the possibility to represent the application specific context and functionality adequately. Help in these systems is typically limited to the explanation of the GUI and a separate explanation about the functions of the application.

We introduce SUSI a ‘Situation-oriented USer Interface model’ which is a knowledge representation designed to represent both the functionality of the GUI and of the application. An important characteristic of this account is the explicit representation of contexts and the effects of useractions in a current context. It will be briefly demonstrated how useful help-tools for application and GUI can easily be build upon this knowledge representation.


Help facilities context Graphical User Interfaces (GUI) self-descriptiveness transparency 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Friedrich Strauss
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  1. 1.Institut für Informatik und Gesellschaft Abt. 1Modellbildung und soziale Folgen Albert-Ludwigs-Universität FreiburgFreiburgGermany

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