Accession Number : ADA198979

Title :   Synthesis of Graphical Displays for Tabular Data.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : KESTREL DEVELOPMENT CORP PALO ALTO CA

Personal Author(s) : Westfold, S. ; Coursey, J. ; Green, C.

Report Date : JAN 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 12

Abstract : This paper reports on a simple theory of graphical display that generates tabular displays for data structures based on a small number of principles using visual sameness to reflect associations among the data, optimization, and well-ordering. The theory uses ideas from automatic programming including data structure reformulation and optimization. A prototype display synthesis system which embeds the generative theory as a set of transformation rules has been written. An annotated trace of the prototype as it generates a large number of displays for an example data structure demonstrates the success of the theory. Extensions of this theory are discussed. Keywords: Generative theory; Data structure reformulation; Program optimization. (JHD)

Descriptors :   *DISPLAY SYSTEMS, *GRAPHICS, *TABLES(DATA), AUTOMATIC PROGRAMMING, DATA BASES, OPTIMIZATION, PROTOTYPES, SYNTHESIS, THEORY, TRANSFORMATIONS.

Subject Categories : Recording and Playback Devices

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE