Making Visual Languages More Effective

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Author(s)Holt CM
Publication type Report
Series TitleDepartment of Computing Science Technical Report Series
Report Number549
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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.
InstitutionDepartment of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Place PublishedNewcastle upon Tyne
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