On the Impact of Layout Quality to Understanding UML Diagrams: Diagram Type and Expertise

Harald Störrle

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    Abstract

    Practical experience suggests that the use and understanding of UML diagrams is greatly affected by the quality of their layout. In previous work, we have presented evidence supporting this intuition. This contrasts with earlier experiments that yielded weak or inconclusive evidence only. In the current paper, we expand on our earlier experiments by varying both diagram types and populations studied. We find no difference in the beneficial evidence of good layout wrt. diagram types. We also find support for the hypothesis that experts benefit less than novices. While still lacking independent replication of our earlier results, these results add further evidence in support of our hypothesis.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2012 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC)
    PublisherIEEE
    Publication date2012
    Pages49-56
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4673-0852-6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventIEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC 2012) - Innsbruck, Austria
    Duration: 30 Sep 20124 Oct 2012
    http://vlhcc2012.di.unisa.it/

    Conference

    ConferenceIEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC 2012)
    CountryAustria
    CityInnsbruck
    Period30/09/201204/10/2012
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