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Chimera, Richard, Barr, Jeff, Brunecky, Martin, Pausch, Randy and Rappaport, Alain (1993): Platform Independent User Interface Builders: Where Are We Headed?. In: Hudson, Scott E., Pausch, Randy, Zanden, Brad Vander and Foley, James D. (eds.) Proceedings of the 6th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology 1993, Atlanta, Georgia, United States. pp. 235-236. Available online

This panel addresses one of the hottest topics in user interfaces in the 90's, that of building user interfaces that are platform independent. The possible topic space is quite voluminous, the scope of this panel is to discuss pure user interface issues and to leave business issues and most of the non-UI issues for another forum. Platform independence means that a user interface can be specified and created using a particular combination of hardware, operating system, and windowing environment; that single specification can then be recompiled without intervention (ideally) to run on an entirely heterogeneous combination/platform. This is a remarkable feat even considering alone the differences among windowing environments (Motif, Windows, Macintosh), operating systems (various Unix, DOS, Macintosh), or hardware (Sun, HP, DEC, IBM PC/compatible, Macintosh). Platform independent user interface builders can deliver increased productivity in a number of ways: * Learn one system for N platforms and implement only one set of source code for N platforms. * One set of source code makes maintenance simpler. * Reusability of objects and templates across platforms, which also may benefit consistency across platforms. Five years ago there was no viable system that supplied such platform independence. Today there are several dozen tools that provide to varying degrees support for platform independent user interfaces. There is also a surprisingly wide range of architectures these tools incorporate to deliver platform independence.

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