On the impact of layout quality to understanding UML diagrams

Publication: Research - peer-reviewArticle in proceedings – Annual report year: 2011

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Practical experience suggests that use and understanding of UML diagrams is greatly affected by the quality of their layout. However, existing experimental evidence for this effect is been weak and inconclusive. In this paper, we explore two explanations. Firstly, we observe that the visual qualities of diagrams are more prominent in earlier life cycle phases so that the impact of layout quality should be more apparent in models and diagram types used there, an aspect not studied in previous research. Secondly, in practice, good layouts use many different heuristics simultaneously whereas previous research considered them in isolation only. In this paper, we report the results of a series of controlled experiments using compound layouts on requirements analysis models. With very high significance, we find a notable impact of the layout quality measured by different aspects of cognitive load.
Original languageEnglish
Title2011 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC)
PublisherIEEE
Publication date2011
Pages135-142
ISBN (print)978-1-4577-1246-3
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Conference2011 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing
CountryUnited States
CityPittsburgh, PA
Period18/09/1122/09/11
Internet addresshttp://www.cs.cmu.edu/~vlhcc2011/
NameUden navn
ISSN (Print)1943-6092

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