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Widget Observation Simulation Inspection Tool

WOSIT Graphic Moderators:
Brant Cheikes

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The Widget Observation Simulation Inspection Tool (WOSIT) is software that allows communication with a program's graphical user interface. WOSIT provides a way to:
  • Observe user actions on a program's user interface.
  • Inspect the properties of items on a program's user interface.
  • Simulate user actions on a program's user interface.
(NB: Simulation functionality has not yet been fully implemented.)

WOSIT Features

  • WOSIT requires no modifications to a program's source code.
  • No recompiling of your program is necessary.
  • WOSIT runs unnoticeably in the background.
  • WOSIT uses negligible disk space, memory and processor time.
Technical Requirements
  • Your program must run on a UNIX platform that uses X11
  • Your program must be dynamically linked with the X Intrinsics (Xt) and Motif (Xm) libraries.
WOSIT has been tested and developed on Solaris (versions 2.5 through 2.7) on Sun Sparcs, however any version of Solaris and brand of UNIX hardware should suffice. WOSIT is currently not supported on Linux.

Possible Applications of WOSIT

  • Logging of interface actions to:
    • Analyze efficiency of tasks
    • Support needed interface changes
    • Automate step by step instructions / User Manual creation
  • Real time user monitoring for:
    • Enabling Intelligent Tutoring systems
      • Intelligent Computer Aided Instruction (ICAI)
      • Computer Based Training (CBT)
      • Intelligent Checklists
    • Synchronization for application sharing

WOSIT is research software. It is not intended for use on mission-critical applications. Because WOSIT adds execution code to the computing environment of the application being monitored, it may adversely affect a stable program

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