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User interface metaphor

A set of visuals, actions and procedures that help a user understand a target domain (e.g. a computer) by exploiting
Knowledge that the user has of a source domain (e.g. office work). One of the most famous user interface metaphors is the desktop metaphor, which introduced the idea that working with a computer is like working at a desktop with folders, a file cabinet, a trash bin etc. Even though frequently criticized for being outdated and for hindering the development of new innovative user interface paradigms, user interface metaphors remain a fundamental component of most modern operative systems.


European Union Seventh Framework is a Network of Excellence. The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 2007/2013) under the Grant Agreement 270404.