A User Interface Management System (UIMS) called the Harness has been developed
to support the front-ending of existing software systems. In the Harness, a set of core
Abstract Interaction Objects (AIOs) was provided for knowledge-based modules to
interact with the user. It is not realistic to expect the Harness to be a closed and fixed
system. On the other hand, help capabilities are today considered essential components
of well designed software and on-line help systems have come to be a standard feature
of most new software systems. [Continues.]
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.
ESPRIT FOCUS project (2620). IED4I1/1256 MUMS project.