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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
PO Box 334
Stafford ST18 0DG
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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