Visual Language Theory / Edition 1

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Visual languages are ubiquitous in human cultures and range from informal sketches to rigorous technical diagrams such as electronic circuit designs. This book provides a broad-ranging survey of our current understanding of visual languages and their theoretical foundations, focusing on the definition, specification, and structural analysis of visual languages by grammars, logic, and algebraic methods.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387983677
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 11/19/2007
  • Edition description: 1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 381
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 A Survey of Visual Language Specification and Recognition 5
3 Visual Language Theory: Towards a Human Computer Interaction Perspective 87
4 The CCMG Visual Language Hierarchy 129
5 Positional Grammars: A Formalism for LR-Like Parsing of Visual Languages 171
6 Relational Grammars: Theory and Practice in a Visual Language Interface for Process Modeling 193
7 Relation Grammars: A Formalism for Syntactic and Semantic Analysis of Visual Languages 219
8 How to Represent a Visual Specification 245
9 A Fully Formalized Theory for Describing Visual Notations 261
10 On the Isomorphism, or Lack of It, of Representations 293
11 A Syntax-Directed Approach to Picture Semantics 307
12 Input and Output for Specified Visual Languages 325
13 Specification of Visual Languages as Means for Interaction 353
Index 377
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