Synthesized Interaction on the X Window System
Bharat, Krishna A.
Hudson, Scott E.
Sukaviriya, Piyawadee (Noi)
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We have come to regard the human user, manipulating physical input devices as the sole driver of interaction in the graphical workspace. It is conceivable that for a vari ety of applications, such as help and tutorial systems, macro-by-example systems, session-playback systems and in collaborative work, we may require an alternative agent to perform tasks on the workspace, alongside the user. In this paper we describe a relatively non-intrusive and porta ble scheme for supporting such "synthesized interaction" on the X window system, and illustrate how toolkits may be instrumented to cooperate with such an agent at runt ime, by providing information about the location of objects in their interfaces. In particular we describe the integration of synthesized interaction in the Artkit toolkit, which is structurally similar to most modern toolkits and should serve as relevant example.