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FlexiView: A Magnet-Based Approach for Visualizing Requirements Artifacts


Ghazi, Parisa; Seyff, Norbert; Glinz, Martin (2015). FlexiView: A Magnet-Based Approach for Visualizing Requirements Artifacts. In: 21st International Working Conference on Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality , REFSQ 2015, Essen, Germany, 23 March 2015 - 26 March 2015.

Abstract

Requirements engineers create large numbers of artifacts when eliciting and documenting requirements. They need to navigate through these artifacts and display information details at points of interest for reviewing or editing information. [Question/problem] Traditional visualization mechanisms such as scrolling and opening multiple windows lose context when navigating and can be cumbersome to use, hence. On the other hand, focus+context approaches can display details in context, but they distort the data shown (e.g., fisheye views) or result in a large display canvas which again requires scrolling (e.g., zooming in ADORA). [Principal ideas/results] We are developing a novel method for displaying just the information needed to perform an intended task. Our method partitions the available screen space into regions. The boundaries of regions are simulated with a model consisting of virtual magnetic balls and springs that behaves like a physical system. This model supports the requirements engineer in selecting how the relevant information should be displayed. [Contribution] In this paper, we present preliminary results on how our conceptual solution works and what benefits are expected.

Abstract

Requirements engineers create large numbers of artifacts when eliciting and documenting requirements. They need to navigate through these artifacts and display information details at points of interest for reviewing or editing information. [Question/problem] Traditional visualization mechanisms such as scrolling and opening multiple windows lose context when navigating and can be cumbersome to use, hence. On the other hand, focus+context approaches can display details in context, but they distort the data shown (e.g., fisheye views) or result in a large display canvas which again requires scrolling (e.g., zooming in ADORA). [Principal ideas/results] We are developing a novel method for displaying just the information needed to perform an intended task. Our method partitions the available screen space into regions. The boundaries of regions are simulated with a model consisting of virtual magnetic balls and springs that behaves like a physical system. This model supports the requirements engineer in selecting how the relevant information should be displayed. [Contribution] In this paper, we present preliminary results on how our conceptual solution works and what benefits are expected.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Language:English
Event End Date:26 March 2015
Deposited On:20 May 2015 14:58
Last Modified:17 Aug 2017 09:00
Publisher:Springer International Publishing
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16101-3_18
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:12000

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