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Seeing Between the Pixels

Pictures in Interactive Systems

  • Christine Strothotte
  • Thomas Strothotte

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIX
  2. Preliminaries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Christine Strothotte, Thomas Strothotte
      Pages 3-21
  3. Fundamentals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Christine Strothotte, Thomas Strothotte
      Pages 25-42
    3. Christine Strothotte, Thomas Strothotte
      Pages 43-62
    4. Christine Strothotte, Thomas Strothotte
      Pages 63-79
    5. Christine Strothotte, Thomas Strothotte
      Pages 81-98
  4. Abstract-Graphical Pictures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Christine Strothotte, Thomas Strothotte
      Pages 101-111
    3. Christine Strothotte, Thomas Strothotte
      Pages 113-125
    4. Christine Strothotte, Thomas Strothotte
      Pages 127-146
    5. Christine Strothotte, Thomas Strothotte
      Pages 147-170
  5. Pictograms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Christine Strothotte, Thomas Strothotte
      Pages 173-190
    3. Christine Strothotte, Thomas Strothotte
      Pages 191-203
    4. Christine Strothotte, Thomas Strothotte
      Pages 205-213
    5. Christine Strothotte, Thomas Strothotte
      Pages 215-224
  6. Presentational Pictures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Christine Strothotte, Thomas Strothotte
      Pages 227-247
    3. Christine Strothotte, Thomas Strothotte
      Pages 249-280
    4. Christine Strothotte, Thomas Strothotte
      Pages 281-293
    5. Christine Strothotte, Thomas Strothotte
      Pages 295-317
  7. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 319-319
    2. Christine Strothotte, Thomas Strothotte
      Pages 321-335
    3. Christine Strothotte, Thomas Strothotte
      Pages 337-343
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 345-380

About this book

Introduction

Pictures are at the heart of how we communicate with computers, emblematic of our cur­ rent fascination with multimedia and web-based computing. Nevertheless, most of us know far less about pictures and the way in which they work than we know about the text that often accompanies them. In an attempt to understand pictures, perhaps the most fundamental question we can ask is, "What is a picture?" What is it that objects as di­ verse as icons, bar charts, paintings, and photographs have in common that makes us refer to all of them as pictures? And what is it about pictures that convinces us to use them instead of, or in addition to, text? We often talk about how pictures "depict" things. But, even the process of depiction seems to differ from one picture to another. On a computer, we may use a paint system to guide a virtual brush over the screen, a video camera to capture a live image, a spread­ sheet to automatically generate a corresponding bar chart, or a rendering system that models the interactions of synthetic lights, objects, and cameras. Is there some un­ derlying property that these processes all share? Computer scientists are used to thinking of pictures in terms of their representation: an array of pixels, a list or hierarchy of graphics primitives, or even a program written in a language such as PostScript.

Keywords

computer graphics human-computer interaction (HCI) interactive system

Authors and affiliations

  • Christine Strothotte
    • 1
  • Thomas Strothotte
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Mechanical EngineeringOtto-von-Guericke University of MagdeburgMagdeburgGermany
  2. 2.Faculty of Computer ScienceOtto-von-Guericke University of MagdeburgMagdeburgGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-60361-7
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-64370-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-60361-7
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