Metrics-Based Spreadsheet Visualization: Support for Focused Maintenance

Hodnigg, Karin
Mittermeir, Roland T.
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Legacy spreadsheets are both, an asset, and an enduring problem concerning spreadsheets in business. To make spreadsheets stay alive and remain correct, comprehension of a given spreadsheet is highly important. Visualization techniques should ease the complex and mindblowing challenges of finding structures in a huge set of spreadsheet cells for building an adequate mental model of spreadsheet programs. Since spreadsheet programs are as diverse as the purpose they are serving and as inhomogeneous as their programmers, to find an appropriate representation or visualization technique for every spreadsheet program seems futile. We thus propose different visualization and representation methods that may ease spreadsheet comprehension but should not be applied with all kind of spreadsheet programs. Therefore, this paper proposes to use (complexity) measures as indicators for proper visualization.
Comment: 16 Pages, 7 Colour Figures
Computer Science - Software Engineering, Computer Science - Human-Computer Interaction