Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Temporal Visual Languages

  • Ulrich Schiel
  • Sonia Leila Da Silva
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_410

Synonyms

Temporal visual interfaces; Temporal visual queries

Definition

Database technology has evolved in order to be typically oriented toward a large set of nonexpert users. While attempting to meet this need, textual query languages, such as SQL, have been replaced by visual query languages, which are based on visual representations of the database and direct manipulation mechanisms. Moreover, data characterized by the temporal dimension play an important role in modern database applications. Temporal visual languages are user-oriented languages that meet the specific requirements of querying and visualizing temporal data in an interactive and easy-to-use visual form.

Historical Background

The availability of graphical devices at low cost and the advent of the direct manipulation paradigm [1] have given rise in the last years to a large diffusion of visual user interfaces. Regarding the database area, databases are designed, created, and possibly modified by experts, but there are...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Federal University of Campina GrandeCampina GrandeBrazil
  2. 2.CerveteriItaly

Section editors and affiliations

  • Tiziana Catarci
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. di Ingegneria Informatica, Automatica e GestionaleUniversita di RomaRomaItaly