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Design Considerations for Spatial Metaphors

Reflections on the evolution of viewpoint transportation systems (Part #1)


Position Paper acm-ECHT Conference, Edinburgh 18-23 September 1994
Invited Workshop: Spatial Metaphors for Information Systems


Introduction
Classes of metaphors
Inter-transformability
Complementarity
Relevance of morphing techniques
Alternation and perspective
Metaphoric library
Pattern fitting
Sterile metaphors
Knowledge spaces and navigation
Piggy-backing on drawing packages
Mnemonic advantages
Intellectual property

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Introduction

This note assumes that the future evolution of the use of spatial metaphors in interface design will not be focused on any single metaphor. For a variety of reasons there is a need for environments permitting user-choice, or AI-selection, of metaphors through which information is communicated in either direction. The following remarks highlight some of the issues relating to this evolution.

her direction. The following remarks highlight some of the issues relating to this evolution.