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Development of XML-Based Tools to Support User Interaction With Algorithm Visualizations

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Executive Summary

An increasing body of evidence suggests Algorithm Visualization (AV) is effective only in conjunction with other techniques that force a degree of user interaction beyond the mere "Watching" of an algorithm. One of the difficulties faced by instructors who design visualizations to use in their teaching lies in the time required to develop materials that employ these supplementary techniques. The focus of this working group will be to begin a focused and coordinated effort toward the development of tools designed to remedy this problem. In particular, such tools will be based on a set of XML specifications whose creation will be one of the primary goals of the working group.

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