Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
alt. (context computing English) A type of user interface which allows people to interact with a computer through a metaphor of direct manipulation of graphical images and widgets in addition to text. n. (context computing English) A type of user interface which allows people to interact with a computer through a metaphor of direct manipulation of graphical images and widgets in addition to text.
n. a user interface based on graphics (icons and pictures and menus) instead of text; uses a mouse as well as a keyboard as an input device [syn: GUI]
In computer science, a graphical user interface (GUI), is a type of user interface that allows users to interact with electronic devices through graphical icons and visual indicators such as secondary notation, instead of text-based user interfaces, typed command labels or text navigation. GUIs were introduced in reaction to the perceived steep learning curve of command-line interfaces (CLIs), which require commands to be typed on a computer keyboard.
The actions in a GUI are usually performed through direct manipulation of the graphical elements. Beyond computers, GUIs are used in many handheld mobile devices such as MP3 players, portable media players, gaming devices, smartphones and smaller household, office and industrial equipment. The term GUI tends not to be applied to other lower- display resolution types of interfaces, such as video games (where head-up display ( HUD) is preferred), or not restricted to flat screens, like volumetric displays because the term is restricted to the scope of two-dimensional display screens able to describe generic information, in the tradition of the computer science research at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center ( PARC).
Usage examples of "graphical user interface".
But the code required to give the same program a graphical user interface would probably run into hundreds or even thousands of lines, depending on how fancy the programmer wanted to make it.
Ordo's also got a lovely graphical user interface, but Randy scorns it.
In effect we still used Victorian technology to communicate with computers until about 1984, when the Macintosh was introduced with its Graphical User Interface.
At the time, I simply couldn't get my mind around this, but: as far as Apple's hackers were concerned, the Mac's vaunted Graphical User Interface was an impediment, something to be circumvented before the little toaster even came out onto the market.
Keeping in mind that FLAG's investors were mostly high-finance types with little technical or nautical background, they gave the browser a familiar, easy-to-use graphical user interface.
But it also reflected the purely technical demands of running a graphical user interface.
I made my way back to the GUI panel and did a system diagnostic using its graphical user interface.