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DIAL: DIagrammatic Animation Language Tutorial and Reference Manual

Feiner, Steven K.

This is a tutorial and reference manual for DIAL, a diagrammatic animation language that allows parallel processes to be represented in a compact graphical "time line". DIAL provides a soft animation machine whose instruction set is determined by a user-provided backend. Unlike more recent animation notations that rely on bitmapped displays, and hence on special editors and extensive run-time support, DIAL requires only a conventional full-screen editor for editing and no run-time support beyond its compact interpreter. DIAL is implemented in C and runs on a wide variety of System V and Berkeley versions of UNIX.

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Computer Science
Publisher
Department of Computer Science, Columbia University
Series
Columbia University Computer Science Technical Reports, CUCS-276-87
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November 28, 2011