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VL/HCC Most Influential Papers

The VL/HCC community has begun a new tradition. Starting this year, a voting group consisting of all members of the current steering committee, current program committee, and program chairs of the VL/HCC conferences of the years being considered, review the papers from the VL/HCCs held one decade ago and two decades ago, to select the papers from these decades that have had the most influence on VL/HCC research or commerce.

The voting group considered technical papers presented at VL/HCC approximately one decade ago (in 1997, 1998, and 1999) and approximately two decades ago (in 1984, 1986, and 1987). All members were invited to nominate papers from these years and, once a shortlist of nominated papers was produced, the members who did not have conflicts with the nominees reviewed and voted for the most influential paper from each decade. The process was organized and facilitated by Margaret Burnett, Andy Schürr, and Steven Tanimoto.

Following this process, the group voted to award the Most Influential Paper Awards to the following papers. These awards will be officially presented at VL/HCC 2008 in Germany.

Most Influential Paper from approximately two decades ago:

HI-VISUAL: A Language Supporting Visual Interaction in Programming

N. Monden, Y. Yoshino, M. Hirakawa, M. Tanaka, and T. Ichikawa

1984 Workshop on Visual Languages


Visual icons can represent the objects of a system and, at the same time, the functions which they perform. Thus the visual icon works as a tool for specifying system functions, and makes it easier to develop the system itself. Furthermore, the system thus developed can also be activated by the use of visual icons.

In order to offer an environment which makes feasible the development of a system by the use of visual icons, it is necessary to provide a software tool which supports generation and interpretation of visual icons, and organization and evaluation of icon-based system performance. This can be regarded as a type of programming language.

This paper presents a language named HI-VISUAL which supports visual interaction in programming. Following a brief description of the language concept, the icon semantics and language primitives characterizing HI-VISUAL are extensively discussed. HI-VISUAL also shows a system extendability providing the possibility of organizing a high level application system as an integration of several existing subsystems, and will serve to developing systems in various fields of applications supporting simple and efficient interactions between programmer and computer.

Most Influential Paper from approximately one decade ago:

Diagram Editing with Hypergraph Parser Support

Mark Minas

1997 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages


Diagrams are always used when communicating complex situations. Diagram editors support the user when editing diagrams on a computer. However, creating diagram editors is expensive and time-consuming. Frameworks that can be customized for the specific diagram classes considerably reduce these costs. In previous work, the framework DiaGen using an internal hypergraph model and offering syntax-directed editing had been introduced. This paper presents an incremental hypergraph parser and an extension of DiaGen that allows for editing diagrams like in a drawing tool. The hypergraph parser detects correct (sub-) diagrams online and notifies the user of incorrect diagram parts. This allows editing with temporally inconsistent diagrams which supports a natural editing style.

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