DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF INTELLIGENT AIDING FOR LOCATE WORKSPACE LAYOUT TOOL

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Authors
  1. Edwards, J.L.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);Artificial Intelligence Management and Development Corp, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Abstract
LOCATE is a computer-aided design tool used to assess the effectiveness of workspace layouts involving multiple workstations and operators. LOCATE computes the overall efficiency of communication links in the visual, auditory, tactile and movement domains. The report deals with the development of a standard on-line help system for LOCATE and the implementation of a proof-of-concept linking of the interface with a rule- and object-based expert system for adaptive aiding. Passive help is provided to users through a hypertext help system consistent with HTML standards and readable by Web Browsers such as Netscape and MicroSoft Explorer. A customized Web Browser was also created for LOCATE that allows users to open a connection to the internet from within the application itself and access help files stored at a demonstration site. This is a step towards allowing the application to be accessible remotely. Cross platform compatibility of the LOCATE help system is facilitated by internet access. LOCATE is potentially platform independent and can be ported to Macintosh, PC or Unix environments. To date LOCATE has been successfully run in both Macintosh and PC environments. The basis for intelligent aiding for LOCATE is its ability to track the interface activities of users. A user can elect to use the adaptive help or not. TRUNCATED
Keywords
Graphical User Interface (GUI);Computer programs (LOCATE)
Report Number
DCIEM-97-CR-15;AC183 — Contractor's Report (Final)
Date of publication
01 Mar 1997
Number of Pages
70
DSTKIM No
97-03943
CANDIS No
504206
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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