This volume brings together papers by experts in different areas of computer science, who have a common interest in the design and management of visual interfaces. Since cognitive science and metaphor analysis prove useful for understanding the basic mechanisms which allow visual interfaces to be easy to learn and use, these topics are also featured. Other areas focused on are: visual languages, visual database systems, intelligent agents for system interaction, graphical and pictorial communication tools, multimedia environments and specific technological developments.
Visual worlds for visualizing information, S. Feiner; management of colour usage in dynamic mapping environments, D. Bardon; designing usable multimedia, J. Mountford; multimedia data handling in a knowledge representation system, E. Bertino; visualization of distributed parallelized programs, S-K. Chang; plan-based integration of natural language and graphics generation, W. Wahlster; from presentation tasks to pictures - towards a computational approach to graphics design, G. Di Battista et al; the information visualizer - a 3D user interface for information retrieval, J.D. Mackinlay.