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      Comparative Ease of Use of a Diagrammatic Vs. an Iconic Query Language

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      Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on Interfaces to Databases, Napier University, Edinburgh (IDS-3)

      Interfaces to Databases

      8-10 July 1996

      Human-Computer Interaction, Query Languages, Visual Interfaces, Usability, Experiment

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          Abstract

          The importance of designing query systems which are effective and easy to use has been widely recognized in the database area. Also, it is well known that the adequacy of a system should be tested against actual users in a well monitored experiment. However, very few such experiments have been conducted. The objective of our study is to measure and understand the comparative ease with which subjects can construct queries in two kinds of visual languages, one diagrammatic and the other iconic. More specifically, we are interested in determining if there is significant interaction between: 1) the query class and the query language type; and 2) the type of query language and the experience of the user.

          Experimental results indicate that the effectiveness of a diagrammatic or an iconic query language varies depending on the classes of queries and the kinds of users. This supports the opinion that an interface offering to the user various visual representations and query modalities is the most appropriate for a wide set of users and applications.

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              Contributors
              Conference
              July 1996
              July 1996
              : 1-14
              Affiliations
              The College of Computing

              Georgia Institute of Technology

              Atlanta, Georgia - USA
              °Dipartimento di Informatica e Sistemistica

              Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”

              Via Salaria, 113 - 00198 Roma, Italy
              Article
              10.14236/ewic/IDS1996.2
              © Albert N. Badre et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on Interfaces to Databases, Napier University, Edinburgh

              This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

              Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on Interfaces to Databases, Napier University, Edinburgh
              IDS-3
              3
              Edinburgh
              8-10 July 1996
              Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
              Interfaces to Databases
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              Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
              Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
              Categories
              Electronic Workshops in Computing

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