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Garnet: comprehensive support for graphical, highly interactive user interfaces

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B. A. Myers ; Sch. of Comput. Sci., Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA, USA ; D. A. Giuse ; R. B. Dannenberg ; B. V. Zanden
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The Garnet research project, which is creating a set of tools to aid the design and implementation of highly interactive, graphical, direct-manipulation user interfaces, is discussed. Garnet also helps designers rapidly develop prototypes for different interfaces and explore various user-interface metaphors during early product design. It emphasizes easy specification of object behavior, often by demonstration and without programming. Garnet contains a number of different components grouped into two layers. The Garnet Toolkit (the lower layer) supplies the object-oriented graphics system and constraints, a set of techniques for specifying the objects' interactive behavior in response to the input devices, and a collection of interaction techniques. On top of the Garnet Toolkit layer are a number of tools to make creating user interfaces easier. The components of both layers are described.<>

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Computer  (Volume:23 ,  Issue: 11 )