Accession Number : ADA309639

Title :   IRUS-II User Manual.

Descriptive Note : Interim technical rept.,

Corporate Author : BBN SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGIES CORP CAMBRIDGE MA

Personal Author(s) : MacLaughlin, Dawn ; Koile, Kimberle ; Walker, Edward

PDF Url : ADA309639

Report Date : SEP 1989

Pagination or Media Count : 64

Abstract : This user's manual for the IRUS-II natural language system describes the capabilities of the different modes of the end user interface for IRUS-II, including entering and editing queries, the history list, control of processing, viewing of intermediate results, window management, and the use of files of queries. There is a companion document to this one, A Guide to IRUS-II Application Development, BBN Report #7144, intended for use by developers, that describes more of the internal operation of IRUS-II, including the dictionary, domain model, semantic interpretation rules, and backend translation rules. IRUS-II is part of a larger system called JANUS, which is composed of a number of seamless interface facilities, including understanding (provided by IRUS-II), generation (provided by Spokesman), maps, and other graphics tools. Note that the screen shots in this document were taken from this larger system and are labeled as such. The different applications of IRUS require that the interface provide configurations for three different classes of users: (1) an end-user configuration that supports easy and flexible input, editing, and processing of typed or mouse-selected queries and commands: (2) developer configurations for natural language experts who are developing, testing, debugging, or updating IRUS; (3) pop up windows for query-response interactions that may be used in conjunction with other interfaces. The available IRUS interface configurations use the Symbolica Lisp Machine window system to provide multiple pane displays and mouse and keyboard input. The interface can be developed from the generic capabilities described and illustrated below and tailored to the needs of a particular application.

Descriptors :   *USER MANUALS, *MAN COMPUTER INTERFACE, *COMPUTER PROGRAM VERIFICATION, *NATURAL LANGUAGE, DATA PROCESSING, INPUT, CONTROL, MANAGEMENT, MODELS, TOOLS, CONFIGURATIONS, WINDOWS, KEYBOARDS, COMPUTER GRAPHICS, USER NEEDS, INTERROGATION, VIEWERS, EDITING, DICTIONARIES.

Subject Categories : Linguistics
      Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE