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Title
Usability Evaluation of User Interfaces Generated with a Model-Driven Architecture Tool
Authors
Silvia Abrahao
Emilio Iborra
Jean Vanderdonckt
Published in
Maturing Usability: Quality in Software, Interaction and Value, Springer-Kluwer International Series in Human-Computer Interaction. E. Law, E. Hvannberg and G. Cockton (Eds.), Springer Verlag, ISSN: 1571-5035. - 2007
Abstract
Model-Driven Architecture (MDA) has recently attracted interest of both research community and industry corporations. It specifies an automated process of developing interactive applications from high-level models to code generation. This approach can play a key role in the fields of Soft-ware Engineering (SE) and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). However, although there are some MDA-compliant methods to develop user interfaces, none of them explicitly integrates usability engineering to user inter-face engineering. This chapter addresses this issue by showing how the usability of user interfaces that are automatically generated by an industrial MDA-compliant CASE tool can be assessed. The goal is to investigate if MDA-compliant methods improve software usability through model transformations. To accomplish this, two usability evaluations are conducted in the code model (final user interface). Results show that the usability problems identified in this level provides valuable feedback on the improvement of the platform-independent models (PIM) and the platform-specific models (PSM) supporting the notion of usability produced by construction.


BibTeX
@misc{issi_web:id:185,
        title =  "Usability Evaluation of User Interfaces Generated with a Model-Driven Architecture Tool",
        author = "Silvia Abrahao and Emilio Iborra and Jean Vanderdonckt",
        booktitle = "Maturing Usability: Quality in Software, Interaction and Value, Springer-Kluwer International Series in Human-Computer Interaction.
E. Law, E. Hvannberg and G. Cockton (Eds.),  Springer Verlag, ISSN: 1571-5035.
",
        year = "2007",
        eprint = "http://issi.dsic.upv.es/publications/archives/",
        url = "http://www.springer.com/west/home/computer/user+interfaces?SGWID=4-154-22-173737628-0",
        abstract = "Model-Driven Architecture (MDA) has recently attracted interest of both research community and industry corporations. It specifies an automated process of developing interactive applications from high-level models to code generation. This approach can play a key role in the fields of Soft-ware Engineering (SE) and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). However, although there are some MDA-compliant methods to develop user interfaces, none of them explicitly integrates usability engineering to user inter-face engineering. This chapter addresses this issue by showing how the usability of user interfaces that are automatically generated by an industrial MDA-compliant CASE tool can be assessed. The goal is to investigate if MDA-compliant methods improve software usability through model transformations. To accomplish this, two usability evaluations are conducted in the code model (final user interface). Results show that the usability problems identified in this level provides valuable feedback on the improvement of the platform-independent models (PIM) and the platform-specific models (PSM) supporting the notion of usability produced by construction."
}