Tholzer's Review 3/22/2011: Personalizing graphical user interfaces on flexible widget layout

Review of the article: Personalizing graphical user interfaces on flexible widget layout

Summary

This article explores the creation of a GUI layout generator which allows customization of the various layouts. Researchers developed and tested a potential system.

Pros

  • This has a lot of practical uses and would help to solve a major issue in modern GUI design

Cons

  • The different types of widgets, and especially the different types of container widgets seems very limited. Also, What about overlap of different types of layouts?
  • What about having 2 widgets linked together? GUI design are usually thought out very carefully, and I'm not seeing that thought going into the automated design.
  • If more widget styles are given, The personalization GUI could easily become way too cluttered and complex.
  • Different programs require different layouts, This is not handled at all…
  • Interesting idea, but it doesn't seem like the researchers put enough though and effort into the project.