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A framework for the design space of interfaces

  In [109], Frohlich presents a framework for describing the design space of human computer interfaces. His framework is based on four columns: the mode, the channel, the medium, and the style. Inside these, the following items have been identified:

Frohlich states that the information in interfaces based on the language mode is used symbolically, whereas in interfaces based on action mode it is used more literally. The application of each style to each medium within a given modality suggests that styles are modality specific rather than medium specific, although they are not completely medium independent. The two main advantages of this framework, according to Frohlich, are
  1. that they ``help to clarify the terminology used to describe interfaces and various aspects of their design.'' and
  2. that they can be used in ``classifying past and present interface designs.''
In the end, he argues that his framework may be extended in several ways, naming three potential candidates for new dimensions: tasks, techniques, and devices. For a multimodal human-computer interface, these extensions definitely have to be applied.

Esprit Project 8579/MIAMI (Schomaker et al., '95)
Thu May 18 16:00:17 MET DST 1995