Faculty Advisor

Professor Craig E. Wills

Faculty Advisor

Professor David C. Brown

Faculty Advisor

Professor Robert E. Kinicki


"In order to make large applications that manage multi-attribute data usable, they must have an effective user interface. Application data and data relationships must be displayed in a manner that is useful for a particular user while still following principles of user interface design. A User Interface Management System (UIMS) is an application independent data presentation system which isolates the interface portion of the application and can allow a high level of customization. A presentation description language can be used to control the UIMS and allow maximum flexibility. This thesis investigates a UIMS controlled by a language that allows a user to easily describe the application data and data relationships at a high level of abstraction. The UIMS uses this language to structure application data and augment it with properties. A rule-based system then uses the augmented data along with graphical design knowledge to determine the content, layout and details of the interface used to display the data. Finally, a graphical interface is generated to present the data. A system to provide this functionality was designed and implemented. Experiences with the system showed this approach to be valid and provided ideas for future work. "


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Degree Name



Computer Science

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Date Accepted





TENNIS, design, user interface, COURT, User interfaces (Computer systems), Graphical user interfaces (Computer systems), Grammar, Comparative and general, Attribute