Computer Control Interfaces

  • Alistair Sutcliffe
Part of the Macmillan Computer Science Series book series


This chapter covers interfaces which control computer operation. These are the familiar menu and command language interfaces of operating systems and any interface which is provided for users to gain access to the system. Following the usual format, general guidelines are given and then control interface types are examined in turn, starting with simple and familiar styles before migrating to more advanced direct manipulation interfaces which are becoming increasingly popular in modern systems.


Apple Macintosh Screen Space Command Language Natural Language Interface Reply Code 
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References and Further Reading

  1. Schank, R. C. and Abelson, R. P. (1977). Scripts, Plans, Goals and Understanding, Lawrence Erlbaum, Newark, NJ.Google Scholar
  2. Shneiderman, B. (1983). ‘Direct manipulation: a step beyond programming languages’, IEEE Computer’, 16(8):57–65.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© A. G. Sutcliffe 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alistair Sutcliffe
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  1. 1.Centre for Business Systems AnalysisCity UniversityLondonUK

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