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Scott Klemmer

Stanford University professor Scott Klemmer

Courtesy of Stanford HCI Group

Stanford University's Human Computer Interaction group, led by professor Scott Klemmer, creates tools to help novice and experienced Web designers take advantage of open source programs to improve and adapt designs more quickly.

Many of Klemmer's tools, such as Blueprint, can be downloaded for free from the lab. Blueprint allows designers to search for examples of code without having to look through pages of results generated by conventional search engines. Testing showed that professional programmers using Blueprint completed tasks 28 percent faster and wrote higher-rated code than those using traditional Web search engines.

Another tool, Bricolage, can take any Web page and recreate it in the style of another, using an algorithm that separates a site's content from its stylistic templates. Klemmer's tools could allow designers to make one version of a Web site and then develop software that automates the conversion of its design into versions that work for other users.

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