In my previous post I wrote about this year’s Master’s thesis students that will be working on Uiml.net. However, I hadn’t blogged about what last year’s students accomplished yet.

Ingo Berben chose a Bachelor’s thesis to improve the standards compliance of our renderer. He eventually concentrated on the behavior section, and more specifically on supporting conditions other than events. The movie below shows how this can be used to support form validation. The renderer checks if every field is filled in, and displays a message accordingly.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_klRnaicdVg]

Rob Van Roey worked on support for multimodal user interfaces for his Master’s thesis. He implemented a new X+V backend for Uiml.net, which is thereby the first backend that renders to another XML document. The movie shows a multimodal user interface for controlling a smart home, in which Rob turns off the lights and turns on the alarm after saying the correct password.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d94WX16ac2s]

Finally, Jan Meskens created a UIML design tool on top of Uiml.net. The workspace of the tool is generated dynamically according to the loaded vocabulary. The movie shows the basic working of this tool. Jan joined our ranks after his studies, and will continue to improve the UIML designer.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p26-BtXxKaM]

Ingo’s code is already available in a separate Uiml.net branch, and will soon be merged into the mainline. Jan is also working on integrating his work. When I find some time, I will probably merge Rob’s code as well.