Design Considerations for Computer-Based Interactive Map Display Systems

by Robert H. Anderson, Norman Shapiro

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A discussion of the key features of an interactive map display system that affect both the usefulness of the system and the design and architecture of its hardware and software. Recent developments in computer graphics offer the possibility of creating interactive map display systems having many of the advantages of traditional paper maps, but significant additional advantages as well. This report presents observations and guidelines for developers of interactive map systems. The techniques and design principles discussed are applicable to command and control systems ranging from support of a field commander through systems tailored to the needs of the National Command Authority.

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