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ShowMeHow: Translating User Interface Instructions Between Similar Applications

Summary: ShowMeHow: Translating User Interface Instructions
Between Similar Applications
Vidya Ramesh, Charlie Hsu, Maneesh Agrawala, Bjšorn Hartmann
University of California,Berkeley -- Computer Science Division
533 Soda Hall, Mailcode 1776, Berkeley, CA 94720
Many people learn how to use complex authoring applica-
tions through tutorials. However, user interfaces for author-
ing tools differ between versions, platforms, and competing
products, limiting the utility of tutorials. Our goal is to make
tutorials more useful by enabling users to repurpose tutori-
als between similar applications. We introduce UI transla-
tion interfaces which enable users to locate commands in
one application using the interface language of another appli-
cation. Our end-user tool, ShowMeHow, demonstrates two
interaction techniques to accomplish translations: 1) direct
manipulation of interface facžades and 2) text search for com-
mands using the vocabulary of another application. We dis-
cuss tools needed to construct the translation maps that en-


Source: Agrawala, Maneesh - Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California at Berkeley
Healy, Kevin Edward - Department of Bioengineering, University of California at Berkeley


Collections: Biology and Medicine; Computer Technologies and Information Sciences; Engineering