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Published on Mar 23, 2010
Menulay is what has been variously called a "User Interface Management System" (UIMS), "GUI Builder", or "Rapid Prototyping or Sketching Tool" for user interfaces. It was an early tool that let you interactively lay out interfaces, and within that program, then run and test - and therefore experience - the resulting design. Furthermore, the elements of the UI were able to be hand-sketched, using a stylus and graphics tablet, for example, so that one was able to preserve the sketch-like nature of the tentative design. In this, it helped lay the early foundation for later refinements, such as SILK and Denim, by James Landay and his students, and SketchFlow, from Microsoft.
This work was done in 1982-83 by William (Bill) Buxton, Martin Lamb, David Sherman and K.C. Smith as part of the Dynamic Graphics Progjec (DGP) and Structured Sound Synthesis Project (SSSP) at the University of Toronto, and the system was used to develop many of our interactive music systems.