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Bart Van Roey <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 21 Apr 1997 23:43:38 +0000
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Dear listmembers,

Crossposted from a message from Alan Dix ([log in to unmask]) on
British HCI News ([log in to unmask]):

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                     CALL FOR PAPERS: Time and the Web

                **************** REMINDER ****************
                ****** deadline extended to 2nd May ******
                      A British HCI Group Meeting
              British Computer Society Special Interest Group
                      in Human Computer Interaction

                        Thursday 19th June 1997
                  The Octagon, Staffordshire University



           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, and '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.

                 ****  Extended Deadline: 2nd May 1997  ****

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

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

Contact names for further information:

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

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