Visualization of Interface Metaphor for Software: An Engineering Approach

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Universal-Publishers, 2011 - Computers - 222 pages
This book presents a comprehensive process for visualization of interface metaphor for software. It is helpful in designing interactive user interfaces with magical super-affordances and definitive user experiences. As per the ancient Indian Vedic literature, metaphors are always conceived out of Vastu (entities having existence in our world). The visualization process given in the book shows how metaphorization could help in innovating highly experiential user interfaces, as one can create Avastu (non entities) by combining different objects and imaginative properties together. The main highlights of this process are selection and dissection of interface metaphor, pre-facto analysis, qualitative and quantitative evaluation, mapping between user and application domain lexicons, specialized set of usability heuristics and remote usability testing. The steps of this process are integrated with the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). It shows the interdependence of form and function and its seamless fusion during software engineering. User experience designers can apply this process for designing websites, online applications, personal computer software, e-learning, computer games, virtual interactive worlds, public access systems, mobile and tablet applications.
 

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Contents

ABSTRACT___________________________________________________________1
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SELECTION OF INTERFACE METAPHOR
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TUNING THE INTERFACE METAPHOR _____________________
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ANALYSIS OF INTERFACE METAPHOR ___________________
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QUANTITATIVE EVALUATION OF INTERFACE METAPHOR __
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USER AND APPLICATION DOMAIN LEXICONS _____________
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USABILITY HEURISTICS OF INTERFACE METAPHOR ________
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MULTIMEDIA RENDERING AND USABILITY TESTING _______
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INTEGRATION WITH SDLC _____________________________
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CONCLUSION MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS AND FUTURE SCOPE _____________
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A Study of Knowledge Dimensions _______________________________________
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Preparing to Dissect the Interface Metaphor ______________________________
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F Examples of UDL and ADL _____________________________________________
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H Multimedia Rendering of Interface Metaphor ______________________________
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K Viability of the Process________________________________________________
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