Design Methods for Interactive TV : two empirical studies

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    Abstract

    The central question for this paper is how to improve the production process by closing the gap between industrial designers and software engineers of television(TV)-based User Interfaces (UI) in an industrial environment. Software engineers are highly interested whether one UI design can be converted into several fully functional UIs for TV products with different screen properties. The aim of the software engineers is to apply automatic layout and scaling in order to speed up and improve the production process. However, the question is whether a UI design lends itself for such automatic layout and scaling. This is investigated by analysing a prototype UI design done by industrial designers. In a first requirements study, industrial designers had created meta annotations on top of their UI design in order to disclose their design rationale for discussions with software engineers. In a second study, industrial designers assessed the potential of four different meta annotation approaches. The question was which annotation method industrial designers would prefer and whether it could satisfy the technical requirements of the software engineering process. One main result is that the industrial designers preferred the method they were already familiar with, which therefore seems to be the most effective one although the main objective of automatic layout and scaling could still not be achieved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of 4th European Conference on Interactive Television (EuroITV 2006), ELTRUN-Athens University of Economics and Business
    EditorsG. Doukidis, K. Chorianopoulos, G. Lekakos
    Pages73-82
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    Eventconference; 4th European Conference on Interactive Television (EuroITV2006), Athens.; 2006-05-25; 2006-05-26 -
    Duration: 25 May 200626 May 2006

    Conference

    Conferenceconference; 4th European Conference on Interactive Television (EuroITV2006), Athens.; 2006-05-25; 2006-05-26
    Period25/05/0626/05/06
    Other4th European Conference on Interactive Television (EuroITV2006), Athens.

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