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Making Visual Languages More Effective

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Christopher Holt



The history of visual language development seems to be full of unfulfilled promise; good ideas are seldom taken up by the outside community because benefits are not perceived to outweigh costs. One reason for this has to do with a certain confusion about how best to take advantage of the flexibility that non-textual syntactic structures should provide. It is suggested that several canonical views of a program be available, reflecting people's various preferences for abbreviation. This is considered within the framework of a dataflow-based notation, but the general points raised should be applicable to other styles of visual language.

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Author(s): Holt CM

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Department of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 1996

Pages: 7

Report Number: 549

Institution: Department of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne