CEC Theses and Dissertations

Title

Building an Asian Cultural Graphical User Interface (GUI) for Efficient and Advanced Computing

Date of Award

1999

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences

Advisor

S. Rollins Guild

Committee Member

Sumitra Mukherjee

Committee Member

Susan Fife Dorchak

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to design an Asian Cultural Graphical User Interface (GUI) for the professional user who uses computers as a workplace tool. The design was based on language semantics, cultural traits, philosophy, Chinese character syntax, reading habits, and the guidelines for making a good interface to enhance productivity and computational efficiency.

This research was a pilot program using the paper prototype of Media Update Retrieval System to find usability problems in a user interface design by conducting a method of the design guidelines. Guidelines help fill these gaps in the range of methods for analysis and synthesis, and thus enable us to achieve success in the design of interactive systems. In addition, developing a cultural model was used to avoid making cultural mistakes that can offend or mislead and to evaluate the effectiveness of a target user interface.

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