What Is User Interface?

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What is User Interface? “User Interface (UI) Design focuses on anticipating what users might need to do and ensuring that the interface has elements that are easy to access, understand, and use to facilitate those actions.” [5] In this research paper I am going to take you through the history, basics, and advances. These elements are very important to know because without them software designers would be lost.
To start, one of the biggest patterns in the history of software is the shift from computation design to presentation design. Since our machines have become stronger more time has been spent on presantation. “The history of that progression can be conveniently broken into three eras: batch (1945-1968), command-line (1969-1983) and graphical (1984 and after). The story begins, of course, with the invention[6] of the digital computer. The opening dates on the latter two eras are the years when vital new interface technologies broke out of the laboratory and began to transform users ' expectations about interfaces in a serious way. Those technologies were interactive timesharing and the graphical user interface.” [1]
In the batch era, computing power was very expensive. The larger computers of that era needed less logic cycles per second. User interfaces were, very repetitive and basic. Users were doing most of the work for their computers rather than the other way around. User interfaces became overhead and software was designed to keep the processor a going like a…

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