On visual interfaces and their conceptual analysis

  • Michael J. Tauber
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 282)


Visual interface is a rather general concept. Visualization in the user interface aims at the user's task. A cognitive approach to the analysis of a visual interface is suggested. As example some simple tasks like mailing, editing, or file handling are taken. A survey of several user interfaces discusses some fundamental principles of visualization. Based on the survey and some principles of human concept building (spatial concepts), a systematic method of the concepts which can be visualized is suggested. This approach is illustrated by a discussion of different user interfaces for a mailing task. With the paper, we want to initiate a cognitive view to a visual interface.


User Interface Virtual World Virtual Object Visual Interface Spatial Concept 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael J. Tauber
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  1. 1.University of PittsburghUSA

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