JANUS: Integrating Hypertext with a Knowledge-Based Design Environment
Interim rept. Sep 1986-Aug 1988
COLORADO STATE UNIV FORT COLLINS DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
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Hypertext systems and other complex information stores offer little or not guidance for users who need to find useful information. Most users are not interested in exploring a hypertext information space, but in obtaining information to solve problems or accomplish tasks. As a step toward helping users find information, we have developed the JANUS design environment. JANUS allows designers to construct artifacts in the domain of architectural design and, at the same time, to be informed about the principles of design and the reasoning underlying them. The process integrates two design activities construction and argumentation. Construction is supported by a knowledge based graphic design environment and argumentation is supported by a hypertext system. Our empirical evaluations of JANUS and its predecessors show that integrated support for construction and argumentation is necessary for full support of design.
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