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Eliciting Sketched Expressions of Command Intentions in an IDE

Eliciting Sketched Expressions of Command Intentions in an IDE

Title: Eliciting Sketched Expressions of Command Intentions in an IDE
Author: Samuelsson, Sigurdur Gauti   orcid.org/0000-0003-2202-6060
Book, Matthias   orcid.org/0000-0003-2472-5201
Date: 2020-11-04
Language: English
Scope: 200
University/Institute: Háskóli Íslands
University of Iceland
School: Verkfræði- og náttúruvísindasvið (HÍ)
School of Engineering and Natural Sciences (UI)
Department: Iðnaðarverkfræði-, vélaverkfræði- og tölvunarfræðideild (HÍ)
Faculty of Industrial Eng., Mechanical Eng. and Computer Science (UI)
Series: Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction;4
ISSN: 2573-0142
DOI: 10.1145/3427328
Subject: Sketching; User interfaces; Software development environments; Elicitation study; Hugbúnaðargerð; Hugbúnaðarverkfræði
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/2434

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Sigurdur Gauti Samuelsson and Matthias Book. 2020. Eliciting Sketched Expressions of Command Intentions in an IDE. Proc. ACM Hum.-Comput. Interact. 4, ISS, Article 200 (November 2020), 25 pages. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/3427328


Software engineers routinely use sketches (informal, ad-hoc drawings) to visualize and communicate complex ideas for colleagues or themselves. We hypothesize that sketching could also be used as a novel interaction modality in integrated software development environments (IDEs), allowing developers to express desired source code manipulations by sketching right on top of the IDE, rather than remembering keyboard shortcuts or using a mouse to navigate menus and dialogs. For an initial assessment of the viability of this idea, we conducted an elicitation study that prompted software developers to express a number of common IDE commands through sketches. For many of our task prompts, we observed considerable agreement in how developers would express the respective commands through sketches, suggesting that further research on a more formal sketch-based visual command language for IDEs would be worthwhile.


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