Heuristic Evaluation of the Stench Blossom Tool

Thanks for your help! You've been asked to participate in an evaluation on the ambient visualization aspects of the Stench Blossom tool.

You can access the evaluation at this Google Form. The link will open in a new window, allowing you to view the images and videos on this page while performing the evaluation.

Brief Tool Description

For this evaluation, the general tool has been purposed for the task of grammar checking a LaTeX document within Eclipse. Although we have implemented our tool in Eclipse with LaTeX, the visualization technique is not specific to these technologies. The visualization is intended to be shown at all times, and to be used while creating and editing a document.

The visualization is composed of sectors in a semicircle on the right-hand side of the editor pane. We call these sectors petals: each petal corresponds to a grammar category. The radius of the petal is proportional to the severity, so that an increased severity corresponds to an increased petal size.

Clicking on the petal toggles the highlighting of the grammar issues within the visible document region. For most categories, only simple highlighting is used, but more sophisticated highlighting is possible. For instance, for "Redundant Phrases", the entire redundant phrase is highlighted, but with the addition of a box surrounding the expression indicating the recommended expression to keep.

Tool Usage Demo


If you have any questions or concerns about this study, please contact Emerson Murphy-Hill or Titus Barik.