Patterns:Dynamic Queries

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Dynamic queries allow the visual querying of data possibly from a database through graphical interface elements, e.g., sliders. Instead of using a special purpose query language, the person seeking information should be able to "rapidly, safely, and even playfully explore a database" [Shneiderman, 1994]. The concept of dynamic queries is based on the idea of direct manipulation.

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  • [Ahlberg et al, 1992] Christopher Ahlberg and Christopher Williamson and Ben Shneiderman. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems, pages 619-626, Monterey, California, 1992.
  • [Shneiderman, 1994] Ben Shneiderman. Dynamic queries for visual information seeking, IEEE Software, 11(6):70-77, 1994.