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The second symposium on processing visible language constituted a different "mix" of participants from the first. Greater emphasis was given to the design of language, both in its historical development and in its current display; and to practical questions associated with machine-implementation oflanguage, in the interactions of person and computer, and in the characteristics of the physical and environmental objects that affect the interaction. Another change was that a special session on theory capped the proceedings. Psychologists remained heavily involved, however, both as contributors to and as discussants of the work pre sented. The motivation of the conferences remains one of bringing together graphic designers, engineers, and psychologists concerned with the display and acquisition of visible language. The papers separately tended to emphasize the one of the three disciplines that mark their authors' field of endeavor, but are constructed to be general rather than parochial. Moreover, within the three disciplines, papers emphasized either the textual or the more pictorial aspects. For example, a session on writing systems ranged from principles that seem to characterize all such systems to specific papers on ancient Egyptian writing, modern Korean, and English shorthand. The complementary session on the nontextual media opened with a discussion of general principles of pictorial communication and included papers on communicating instructions, general information, or religious belief through designs and other pictorial forms, as well as a discussion. of misrepresentation.
Table of ContentsPrinciples of writing systems within the frame of visual communication (Tutorial paper).- English shorthand systems and abbreviatory conventions: A psychological perspective.- Remarks on ancient Egyptian writing with emphasis on its mnemonic aspects.- The Korean writing system: An alphabet? a syllabary? a logography?.- A structure for nontextual communications (Tutorial paper).- The syntax of pictorial instructions.- Making newspaper graphs fit to print.- Some problems of illustration.- Islamic calligraphy: Meaning and symbol.- Usability: The criterion for designing written information (Tutorial paper).- Wholistic models of feature analysis in word recognition: A critical examination.- Developmental trends in the perception of textual cohesion.- Structuring an internal representation of text: A basis of literacy.- Graphic aspects of complex texts: Typography as macro-punctuation.- Pictures and the real thing (Tutorial paper).- The influence of texture gradients on relief interpretation from isopleth maps.- The acquisition and processing of cartographic information: Some preliminary experimentation.- Graph reading abilities of thirteen-year-olds.- Interpreting directions from graphic displays: Spatial frames of reference.- The presentation of text and graphics (Tutorial paper).- Spacing of characters on a television display.- Optimal segmentation for sentences displayed on a video screen.- Text enhancement and structuring in computer conferencing.- Towards an electronic journal.- Human performance in computer aided writing and documentation.- Human-computer interactive systems: A state-of-the-art review (Tutorial paper).- Simultaneous speech transcription and TV captions for the deaf.- Pictorial recognition and teaching the blind to draw.- Telidon Videotex and user-related issues.- Human factors and VDT design.- Theory of representation: Three questions (Tutorial paper).- Textual literacy: An outline sketch of psychological research on reading and writing.- Anaphoric relations, comprehension and readability.- Communicating with computers.- Towards a model for picture and word processing.- The basic test of the graph: A matrix theory of graph construction and cartography.- Name index.