Visual Cues in Compiler Conversations

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When people are conversing, a key non-verbal aspect of communication is the direction in which the participants are looking, as this may convey where each person’s attention is focused. In a programming context, for instance an integrated development environment (IDE), the interaction design frequently
directs the programmer’s gaze towards specific locations on-screen. For example, syntax highlighting and error messaging may be used to draw attention towards problematic sections of code. However, error messages frequently direct the user towards the compiler’s point of discovery as opposed to the actual source of an error. Previously we have applied a conversational lens considering the interaction between the programmer and the compiler as a conversation, in this work we refine that into an “attentional lens”. We consider via a prototype and small exploratory user study the difference between where a developer chooses to spend their attention, where the tooling directs it, and how the two might be aligned through the use of visualisation techniques.
Titel på värdpublikationProceedings of the 33rd Annual Workshop of the Psychology of Programming Interest Group (PPIG'22)
Förlag Psychology of Programming Interest Group
StatusPublished - 2022
Evenemang33rd Annual Workshop of the Psychology of Programming Interest Group -
Varaktighet: 2022 sep. 52022 sep. 9


Workshop33rd Annual Workshop of the Psychology of Programming Interest Group
Förkortad titelPPIG'22

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