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Using Describers to simplify ScriptEase

  • Author / Creator
    Desai, Neesha
  • A high level of programming knowledge is needed in order to script a video game. This prevents video game design from being accessible to non-programmers. ScriptEase is a tool that was designed to solve this problem. While ScriptEase has been shown to be accessible to 10th grade English students there remains areas for further simplification. This thesis focuses on changing the way authors set options within ScriptEase by introducing a new technique called Describers. Describers allow authors to adapt plain English sentences to provide a description of each option. A user study was conducted that compared Describers against the original technique of using definitions. The participants were able to complete significantly more statements and showed a preference for the Describer. Simplifications such as the Describers will lower the entrance bar for an author. The underlying structure of the Describer can be used to simplify creating conditional statements.

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  • Graduation date
    2009-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R30K7C
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Computing Science
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Szafron, Duane (Computing Science)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Bischof, Walter (Computing Science)
    • Carbonaro, Michael, (Educational Psychology)