Most GUIs are specified in the form of source code, which hard-codes information relating to the layout of graphical controls. This representation is very lowlevel, and makes GUIs hard to maintain. We suggest a reverse engineering approach that is able to recover a higher-level layout representation of a hardcoded GUI using the Auckland Layout Model, which is based on the mathematical notion of linear programming. This approach allows developers to use existing code and existing tools, as well as specifications on a higher level of abstraction. We show how existing hard-coded GUIs can be extended to support dynamic layout adjustment with very little effort, and how GUIs can be beautified automatically during reverse engineering.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 9th Australasian User Interface Conference (AUIC), 2008|
|Subtitle of host publication||Volume 76|
|Editors||B. Plimmer, G. Weber|
|Place of Publication||Darlinghurst, Australia|
|Publisher||Association for Computing Machinery|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|