Cross-Communicability: Evaluating the Meta-communication of Cross-Platform Applications

  • Rodrigo de A. Maués
  • Simone Diniz Junqueira Barbosa
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8119)


Evaluating cross-platform systems is challenging due to the different constraints and capabilities of each platform. In this paper we extend the Semiotic Inspection Method (SIM), a Semiotic Engineering evaluation method, to evaluate cross-platform systems. We introduce the term cross-communicability to denote the quality of the meta-communication of the system as whole, taking into account the user traversal between the different platforms. To assess cross-communicability, we describe a novel approach to conduct the SIM, which introduces a contrastive analysis of the designer-to-user meta-communication messages of each platform, based on a semiotic framing of design changes initially proposed for End-User Development. The results from an analytical study indicate that this approach is capable of identifying and classifying several potential communication breakdowns particular to cross-platform systems, which in turn can inform the design or redesign of a cross-platform application.


Cross-platform user interface design communicability semiotic inspection method semiotic engineering 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rodrigo de A. Maués
    • 1
  • Simone Diniz Junqueira Barbosa
    • 1
  1. 1.Informatics DepartmentPUC-RioGaveaBrazil

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