Chapter 4

Modeling the composition of the user interface

Abstract

This chapter illustrates the IFML constructs for representing the general organization of the interface independently of the content published in the view. Two types of organizations are possible: one typical of web applications, where multiple peer-level ViewContainers embody the content and navigation of the interface; one typical of desktop, mobile, and rich Internet applications, where the interface is hosted within a top level container with an internal structure of nested sub-containers. It discusses the concepts of visibility and relevance of ViewContainers and of content-independent navigation. These notions permit the designer to sketch a realistic model of the high-level ...

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