Proceedings 1999 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages

13-16 Sept. 1999

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  • Proceedings 1999 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages

    Publication Year: 1999
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  • Scaling up a "What you see is what you test" methodology to spreadsheet grids

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):30 - 37
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    Although there has been considerable research into ways to design visual programming environments to improve the processes of creating new programs and of understanding existing ones, little attention has been given to helping users of these environments test their programs. This feature would be particularly important for systems aimed at end users, since testing is the primary device they use to... View full abstract»

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  • The future of visual languages

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):58 - 61
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  • Author index

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):316 - 317
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  • Designing usable visual languages: the case of immune system studies

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):254 - 261
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    In many fields of science, as well as in real life, visual expressions are used to communicate data, and to perform or document activities. Reproducing such notations in a computerized environment makes possible the development of interactive systems, through which users can easily perform their activities. In this paper we describe how the combination of two methodologies-CVE (Cooperative Visual ... View full abstract»

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  • Does metaphor increase visual language usability?

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):246 - 253
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    Previous research suggests that the graphical metaphor should increase the usability of visual programming languages (VPLs) by providing an instructional aid when learning to use the language. This paper describes three experiments which manipulated the degree of metaphor in VPLs. In the first, an implicit pictorial metaphor was added to a data flow language, while in the second and third an expli... View full abstract»

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  • Supporting hybrid and hierarchical visual language definition

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):236 - 243
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    In this paper we present an enhanced version of VLCC, a graphical system for the automatic generation of visual programming environments. The enhancement has been obtained by introducing a new syntactic model based on the concepts of hybrid and hierarchical visual languages. The resulting system is able to support the development of complex real world visual languages which occur in the field of s... View full abstract»

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  • Dimensions of visual interaction design

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):48 - 55
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    We refine our design methodology for visual interactive systems based on the visual sentence theory. We explore the dimensions of time and space in visual interaction and discuss the importance of the notions of scaffold and frame of reference. Usable visual systems are realised by designing an augmented version of the user task visual language and a scaffold visual language supporting user naviga... View full abstract»

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  • An animated demonstration authoring system for Java applets

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):196 - 197
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    Recently, many companies often provide some trial versions of their systems to the web users. The main purpose for this is to present the usability of their systems. There are two advantages in presenting the system as an applet. One is reducing user's trouble, because an applet can be downloaded automatically and the user does not have to install the system. The other is reducing the version-up c... View full abstract»

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  • ZASH: a browsing system for multi-dimensional data

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):288 - 295
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    This paper describes a browsing system for movie database. The system, named ZASH, was designed and developed to explore the following features: (1) the use of multiple 2D planes to separate different types of information; (2) the use of 3D space to improve the visibility of links between nodes; (3) the use of multi-dimensional scaling to lay out movies and commentators so that the similar data ar... View full abstract»

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  • An NCE context-sensitive graph grammar for visual design languages

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):228 - 235
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    An NCE context-sensitive graph grammar, that is, a context-sensitive graph grammar with neighborhood controlled embedding has been developed. It is an expansion of the well-known NCE (context-free) graph grammar. Because it has a quite general embedding mechanism, it can be used to formalize the graph-syntax rules of visual objects with much flexibility. The composition of its production copies is... View full abstract»

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  • On specifying semantics of visual spatial query languages

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):4 - 11
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    We present a first treatment dealing with semantics of visual spatial query languages for GIS using a suitable description logic. This decidable space logic is described and its usefulness for GIS exemplified. The logic supports the specification of semantics, reasoning about query subsumption and about applying default knowledge View full abstract»

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  • Generation of interactive visual environments for direct manipulation of database content

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):178 - 179
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    In this article we present the VIVID (Visual Interactive View Development) framework which support the rapid development of interactive views for direct manipulation of database objects through arbitrary combinations of diagrammatic and icon-based visual languages. A VIVID view visualizes a database configuration by filtering and transforming data to graphical objects in two-dimensional space. Obj... View full abstract»

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  • VERBARIUM and LIFE SPACIES: creating a visual language by transcoding text into form on the Internet

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):90 - 95
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    We are artists working on the creation of interactive computer systems that use the audiences' participation as essential input for the creation of image structures. In 1998 and 1999 we created two interactive Web sites for the Internet called VERBARIUM and LIFE SPACIES. These two Web sites allow users on the Internet to write text messages that are instantly translated into visual 3D forms. Our c... View full abstract»

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  • Pragmatic graph rewriting modifications

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):206 - 207
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    We present new pragmatic constructs for easing programming in visual graph rewriting programming languages. The first is a modification to the rewriting process for nodes of the host graph, where nodes specified as `Once Only' in the LHS of a rewrite match at most once with a corresponding node in the host graph. This reduces the previously common use of tags to indicate the progress of matching i... View full abstract»

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  • The ISI visual design editor generator

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):20 - 27
    Cited by:  Papers (8)  |  Patents (1)
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    The benefits of “domain specific” languages and development environments are widely recognized. Constructing an environment for a new domain, however, remains a costly activity, requiring expertise in several areas of software development as well as in the targeted domain. The ISI design editor generator and design environment comprises novel infrastructure that simplifies this task, p... View full abstract»

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  • An aesthetic curve in the field of Industrial design

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):38 - 47
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    We present a quantitative analysis method of the characteristics of a curve, for finding what an aesthetic curve is. A number of designer drawn curves were analyzed by this method. As a result, we found that the designer controlled the curvature change with a self-affine property, when he produced a curve in design work. In other words, the designer sees a curve with a self-affine property as an a... View full abstract»

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  • Browsing the Web through virtual reality

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):194 - 195
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    We present a novel architecture to map the two-dimensional Internet space in virtual worlds according to predefined or inferred metaphors. Web elements and metaphor elements are both conceptualized as semantic-networks and are compared through an inference engine in order to detect similarities. Once all the web elements have been mapped within a virtual world metaphor, a VR-Builder generates VRML... View full abstract»

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  • “3D-PP”: three-dimensional visual programming system

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):189 - 190
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    We are interested in three-dimensional visual programming environments in particular. The conventional visual programming systems mainly focuses on two-dimensional pictorial programming. A big problem is that two-dimensional visual programming systems fail to manage a lot of pictorial programming elements. This paper proposes a new pragmatic three-dimensional visual programming system “3D-PP... View full abstract»

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  • Seamless visual object-oriented behavior modeling for distributed software systems

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):156 - 199
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    To ease the development of distributed systems, the visual notions for the structural aspects of object-oriented analysis and design should be combined with techniques for handling concurrency and distribution. A novel approach and language for the visual design of distributed software systems is introduced and illustrated by means of an example. The language of OCoNs (Object Coordination Nets) is... View full abstract»

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  • Smooth animation of algorithms in a declarative framework

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):280 - 287
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    Supporting smooth image transitions is a valuable feature in software visualization systems, but it seems difficult to achieve in declarative frameworks, as they are basically data (and not event) driven. This paper discusses the problem of specifying an animated behavior of graphical objects in a declarative style, addressing both automation and customization possibilities. In particular in our f... View full abstract»

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  • HotFlow - a visual language for workflow applications in E-Commerce

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):185 - 186
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    HotFlow is a visual language for controlling the dynamic workflow of negotiating and contracting, enabling users with minor knowledge in information technology to visually define and modify a workflow even at run-time, with simple drag-and-drop actions. It has been architectured within the scope of MALL2000, a project on business-to-business Electronic Commerce View full abstract»

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  • Formalising pragmatic features of graph-based notations

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):220 - 227
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    Graph-based notations form a significant subclass of visual languages. Studies of the use of such notations in practice have shown that users often employ pragmatic aspects, such as layout, to capture important domain information. Moreover this pragmatic information can support and guide reasoning over such representations. However, typical formalisations of graph-based notations often pay scant r... View full abstract»

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  • Semantics design of a visual language for constructing and animating geometric objects

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):176 - 177
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    Compared to textual languages, visual languages often hold a different set of characteristics and constraints in syntax and semantics. This paper discusses some of the constraints and their implications on the semantics specification of visual language primitives. The discussion is presented in a context of designing a visual language for constructing and animating geometric objects View full abstract»

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  • Extending UML for modeling of multimedia applications

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):80 - 87
    Cited by:  Papers (13)  |  Patents (7)
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    An analysis of how visual modeling of structure and dynamic behavior of a multimedia application differs from modeling conventional software shows that aspects of the graphical user interface and time-dynamic behavior ought to be integral parts of a coherent multimedia application model. In this sense, we extend the model-view-controller paradigm towards multimedia. As a result, we present OMMMA-L... View full abstract»

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