Automated Reverse Engineering of Hard-Coded GUI Layouts

Lutteroth, C.

    Most GUIs are specified in the form of source code, which hard-codes information relating to the layout of graphical controls. This representation is very low-level, and makes GUIs hard to maintain. We suggest a reverse engineering approach that is able to recover a higher-level layout representation of a hard-coded GUI using the Auckland Layout Model, which is based on the mathematical notion of linear programming. This approach allows developers to use existing code and existing tools, as well as specifications on a higher level of abstraction. We show how existing hard-coded GUIs can be extended to support dynamic layout adjustment with very little effort, and how GUIs can be beautified automatically during reverse engineering.
Cite as: Lutteroth, C. (2008). Automated Reverse Engineering of Hard-Coded GUI Layouts. In Proc. Ninth Australasian User Interface Conference (AUIC 2008), Wollongong, NSW, Australia. CRPIT, 76. Plimmer, B. and Weber, G., Eds. ACS. 65-73.
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