[kepler-dev] Kepler UI- "Boxes and Arrows"

Edward A Lee eal at eecs.berkeley.edu
Sun Jun 20 10:01:02 PDT 2004

At 02:13 PM 6/18/2004 -0700, Daniel Higgins wrote:
>Hi All,
>     The recent Kepler thread discussing all sorts of UI issues got me 
> thinking about a lot of the issues discussed.  In particular, I liked 
> Bertram's characterization of such visual systems as "Boxes and Arrows". 
> As a result I put together a personal web page with a number of example 
> screen shots from various "Box and Arrow" systems (e.g. Stella, Kepler) 
> to try to show similarities and differences. I also added some thoughts 
> of my own. If you are interested, see
>Comments are always appreciated.

Nice comparisons...

It might be interesting to note that box-and-arrow modeling and
programming environments have been around since the 1960s.
The earliest one I know of was described in the 1966 PhD thesis
of Bert Sutherland.  It was implemented on the TX-2 computer
at Lincoln labs using a surplus WW-2 radar screen and a light pen...

There are a bunch of historical references in this paper from 1989:



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