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David Clarke <[log in to unmask]>
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             CALL FOR PAPERS: Time and the Web

                A British HCI Group Meeting
       British Computer Society Special Interest Group
               in Human Computer Interaction

                 Thursday 19th June 1997
     The Octagon, Staffordshire University, United Kingdom



    Graphics, information, waiting, ... java, multimedia,
   waiting, ... hypertext, waiting, ... global networking,
        waiting, ... waiting, ... waiting ...

Modern user interface paradigms depend on direct manipulation,
rapid response and immediate semantic feedback. Up until the early 80s
response time was a recognised problem, but with the advent of personal
computing and graphical interfaces, user interface designers have often
assumed that machines will be fast enough. Response delays were no longer an
interesting problem - ever faster computers would make the problem go away.

The web has given the lie to this assumption - exponential growth in traffic
has lead to ever increasing network delays and bottlenecks at over-used
servers. Even if we imagine that network capacity could overtake growth in
usage, we are ultimately faced with the fundamental limitations of the speed
of light. Delays are here to stay.

All this has highlighted the role of temporal issues in human-computer

    *  How do people cope with delays?
    *  Is direct manipulation the correct paradigm for computer
       or network intensive tasks?
    *  How do people interact over extended timescales?
    *  What architectural infrastructure do we need to support
       effective interfaces over slow or unreliable networks?

This meeting will build on the growing interest in this area,
in particular on the popular workshop on Temporal Aspects of Usability held
at Glasgow in 1995, The Missing Link: Hypermedia Usability Research and the
Web held at the Open University in 1996, and the mass of recent work on user
interfaces and CSCW for the web.

We invite contributions related to the theme of temporal problems in
interaction focusing on the web as a driving and central example.

                Deadline: 11 April 1997

Please send abstracts of 2 to 4 sheets of A4 to:

                Time and the Web Abstracts
                School of Computing
                Staffordshire University
                PO Box 334
                Stafford ST18 0DG
                United Kingdom

Contact names for further information:

David Clarke   +44 1785 353568, email: [log in to unmask]
Alan Dix       +44 1785 353428, email: [log in to unmask]
Devina Ramduny +44 1785 353255, email: [log in to unmask]



David Clarke                  Email:  [log in to unmask]
Senior Lecturer               Web:
School of Computing
Staffordshire University
PO Box 334
Stafford ST18 0DG             Tel:    (+44) 1785 353568
United Kingdom                Fax:    (+44) 1785 353497