An evaluation of editing paradigms

Toleman, Mark A. ORCID: and Welsh, Jim (1994) An evaluation of editing paradigms. In: Australasian Computer-Human Interaction Conference: Harmony Through Working Together (OzCHI 1994), 28 Nov-1 Dec 1994, Melbourne, Australia.


The choice between tree-building and text-recognition paradigms has been an issue in language-based editor design over the past decade, with much intuitive comment appearing in the literature. To the best of our knowledge, however, no systematic attempt to demonstrate the advantage of either paradigm, by application of relevant theories or by controlled experimental evaluation, has been attempted. The problem is complicated by the interaction of several factors - in addition to the user's conceptual model of a structured document, factors such as the error discipline to be applied, the model bias produced by textual display, and the adequacy of implementation of the text-recognition approach, have all to be taken into account. In this theoretical study we analyse and compare various editing tasks undertaken by software engineers. The Keystroke Level Model (KLM) is used to assess the efficiency of the paradigms.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
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Additional Information: c. 1994 Computer Human Interaction Special Interest Group of the Ergonomics Society of Australia.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Maths and Computing (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Maths and Computing (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2010 23:32
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2013 05:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: editing paradigms
Fields of Research (2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080602 Computer-Human Interaction
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080707 Organisation of Information and Knowledge Resources
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0803 Computer Software > 080309 Software Engineering
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences

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