WIMP stands for Windows, Icons, Menus and Pointers (or maybe Windows, Icons, Mouse, Pull-down menus).

WIMP is the style of graphical user interface that uses the above-mentioned common widgets. It was invented at Xerox PARC, popularised by the Apple Macintosh and now available in other varieties such as the Microsoft Windows operating system, the X Window System, OSF/Motif, NeWS and RISC OS.

WIMP is also sometimes said to be a paradigm for human-computer interaction. It can, however, not be said to be an "interaction style" (see this).

4.2 References

  • Shneiderman, Ben (1997): Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction. (3rd ed.), Addison-Wesley Publishing,
  • Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, Edited by Denis Howe(Original database files available at foldoc.org). [<a href="http://www.interaction-design.org/dictionary/advancedsearch.php">Accessible online</a>]