[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The need of a friendly man-machine interaction is becoming crucial for a large variety of applications, in particular, those requiring frequent extraction of information from the database. Experience suggests that traditional query languages are not friendly enough for the causal user: s/he is requested to formulate queries in a textural language, without any iconic or spatial clues to help the querying process. A new generation of languages (visual languages) has been recently investigated, that attempts to make extensive use of the person's instincts and senses. In this paper we propose a fully visual system, called Query by Diagram* (QBD*), which is based on a conceptual data model, a query language defined on this model and a graphical user interface. The main characteristics of the interface are the ease of use, and the availability of a rich set of primitives for both schema selection and query formulation. Unlike many present proposals of graphical query systems, graphical operations are formally defined from both a syntactic and a semantic point of view.
Journal of Visual Languages & Computing 09/1990; DOI:10.1016/S1045-926X(05)80009-6 · 0.66 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The need of a friendly man-machine interaction is becomingcrucial for a large variety of applications, in particular, thoserequiring frequent extraction of information from the database.Experience suggests that traditional query languages are notfriendly enough for the casual user: she/he is requested toformulate queries in a textual language, without any iconic orspatial clues to help the querying process. A new generation oflanguages (visual languages) has been recently investigated,...
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