Automatically Filling Form-Based Web Interfaces with Free Text Inputs

Presented at: 18th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW2009)

by Guilherme A. Toda, Eli Cortez, Filipe Mesquita, Altigran S. da Silva, Edleno Moura, Marden Neubert


On the web of today the most prevalent solution for users to interact with data-intensive applications is the use of formbased interfaces composed by several data input fields, such as text boxes, radio buttons, pull-down lists, check boxes, etc. Although these interfaces are popular and effective, in many cases, free text interfaces are preferred over formbased ones. In this paper we discuss the proposal and the implementation of a novel IR-based method for using data rich free text to interact with form-based interfaces. Our solution takes a free text as input, extracts implicitly data values from it and fills appropriate fields using them. For this task, we rely on values of previous submissions for each field, which are freely obtained from the usage of form-based interfaces.

Keywords: Poster Session

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