SmartMedia Tools: Bridging the Gap Between Generic Applications and Domain-Oriented Systems
COLORADO UNIV AT BOULDER DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
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Our intuitions regarding the usability and utility of generic versus domain-specific applications may be too simplistic. Empirical studies indicate that professional practitioners need both 1 the rich, flexible formatting and editing features associated with generic tools, and 2 the supportive functionality offered by domain-specific tools. The problem is that todays tools are either generic and flexible or domain-specific and supportive, but not both. SmartMedia Tools change this situation by supporting practitioners to bridge this gap and work at different points along the flexibilitysupport continuum. SmartMedia Tools enable practitioners to begin with generic graphic elements and to gradually enrich SmartMedia with domain-specific vocabularies and relationships using graphical refinement, naming, prototype definition, and attribute refinement.
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