Issue No. 05 - September/October (1999 vol. 19)
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<p>Visualization has matured sufficiently that the design of content can be driven by user needs rather than enabling technology. Improvements in technology have typically led to generalized systems as the preferred mechanism to address a diversity of visualization strategies. Such flexibility aids research activities and applications development. However, their inherent lack of focus makes them less suitable in environments with relatively fixed tasks or user goals. This is especially true in operational situations, where there is no need to master generalized interfaces, whose many facilities may be viewed as superfluous.</p> <p>Overcoming this barrier requires an understanding of user goals and how they map to visualization tasks. This case study in operational weather forecasting demonstrates the principles of task-specific visualization design: defining user needs, implementing that definition, and establishing techniques for different user goals.</p>
L. A. Treinish, "Task-Specific Visualization Design," in IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 19, no. , pp. 72-77, 1999.