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Answering why and why not questions in user interfaces

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Answering why and why not questions in user interfaces
Modern applications such as Microsoft Word have many automatic features and hidden dependencies that are frequently helpful but can be mysterious to both novice and expert users. The "Crystal" application framework provides an architecture and interaction techniques that allow programmers to create applications that let the user ask a wide variety of questions about why things did and did not happen, and how to use the related features of the application without using natural language. A user can point to an object or a blank space and get a popup list of questions about it, or the user can ask about recent actions from a temporal list. Parts of a text editor were implemented to show that these techniques are feasible, and a user test suggests that they are helpful and well-liked. Author Keywords Why, Help, Questions, Natural Programming. ACM Classification Keywords D.2.2 Design Tools and Techniques: User interfaces; D.2.6 Programming Environments: Graphical environments; H....
Brad A. Myers, David A. Weitzman, Andrew Jensen Ko
Added 30 Nov 2009
Updated 30 Nov 2009
Type Conference
Year 2006
Where CHI
Authors Brad A. Myers, David A. Weitzman, Andrew Jensen Ko, Duen Horng Chau
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