Improving UML Support for User Interface Design: A Metric Assessment of UMLi

  • da Silva P
  • Paton N
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Abstract

The UnifiedModeling Language (UML) has been widely accepted by application developers, but not somuch by user interface (UI) designers. For this reason, the Unified Mod- eling Language for Interactive Systems (UMLi) has been proposed to improve UML support for UI design. UMLi introduces a diagram notation for modeling UI presenta- tion and extends activity diagram notation to describe col- laboration between interaction objects and domain objects. This paper demonstrates using design metrics, in a quanti- tative way, that UMLi models are significantly structurally, behaviorally and visually less complex than standard UML models when describing the same set of properties of an in- teractive system.

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  • HCI
  • Requirements Elicitation

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  • Paulo Pinheiro da Silva

  • N W Paton

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