Spreadsheets as user interfaces

Alan Dix, Rachel Cowgill, Christina Bashford, Simon Mcveigh, Rupert Ridgewell

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Spreadsheets are ubiquitous, familiar, often overlooked, and embody vast financial and human investment, not least in their user interface. This paper shows how spreadsheets can be used as an integral part of interactive processes, for activities from simple data entry, to more complex grouping and linking of datasets, both as fully functional prototypes and as part of a final system. They reveal artful digital and physical end-user appropriation; exemplify key design principles including 'appropriate intelligence', ensuring 'smart' technology fits the complete human-computer process; and expose further design issues such as the importance of 'exception' sets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAVI 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces
EditorsPaolo Buono, Rosa Lanzilotti, Maristella Matera
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450341318
StatePublished - Jun 7 2016
Event13th ACM International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces, AVI 2016 - Bari, Italy
Duration: Jun 7 2016Jun 10 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Workshop on Advanced Visual Interfaces AVI


Other13th ACM International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces, AVI 2016


  • Appropriation
  • Digital humanities
  • Musicology
  • Spreadsheets

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction


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