Adapting UsiXML User Interfaces to Cultural Background

Adapting a user interface to the end user's cultural background today remains an open challenge since many underlying issues are not yet solved. This paper addresses this challenge by reporting on a selected series of these issues, by structuring them according to Nielsen's linguistic model of interaction, and by discussing how each issue can be supported by incorporating its solution into a User Interface Description Language, such as User Interface eXtensible Markup Language (UsiXML), at the level of a Concrete User Interface (CUI). In particular, the problem of right-to-left (RTL) versus left-to-right languages (LTR) languages is discussed through a series of adaptations of algorithms and techniques that support the automated generation of Arabain graphical user interfaces based on UsiXML.
Thales Research and Technology France, Paris
Proc. of 1st Int. Workshop on User Interface eXtensible Markup Language UsiXML'2010