There is increasing evidence that it is possible to perceive and understand increasingly comple x information systems if they are displayed a s graphical objects in a three dimensional space . Object-oriented software provides an interestin g test case - there is a natural mapping fro m software objects to visual objects . In this paper we explore two areas. 1) Information perception : we are running controlled experiments to determine empirically if our initial premise is valid; how much more (or less) can be understoo d in 3D than in 2D? 2) Layout: our strategy is to combine partially automatic layout with manua l layout. This paper presents a brief overview of the project, the software architecture and some preliminary empirical results .


Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping

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Centre for Advanced Studies on Collaborative Research (CASCON)



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Oct 24 - Oct 28, 1993

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

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Conference Proceeding