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Architectural support for cooperative multiuser interfaces

Bentley, Richard and Rodden, Tom and Sawyer, Peter and Sommerville, Iain (1994) Architectural support for cooperative multiuser interfaces. Computer, 27 (5). pp. 37-46. ISSN 0018-9162

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Abstract

Computer support for cooperative work requires the construction of applications that support interaction by multiple users. The highly dynamic and flexible nature of cooperative work makes the need for rapid user-interface prototyping a central concern. We have designed and developed a software architecture that provides mechanisms to support rapid multiuser-interface construction and distributed user-interface management. Rapid prototyping requires mechanisms that make the information determining interface configuration visible, accessible, and tailorable. We developed the architecture as part of a project investigating support for the cooperative work of air traffic controllers. Extensive use of prolonged ethnographic investigation helped to uncover the nature of cooperation in air traffic control. The aim of the architecture is to support an environment in which a multidisciplinary team can experiment with a wide range of alternate user-interface designs for air traffic controllers. Thus, we use examples from this domain to illustrate the architecture.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Computer
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
ID Code: 57615
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 15 Oct 2012 15:12
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 00:01
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/57615

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