Query languages for the casual user: Exploring the middle ground between formal and natural languages

@inproceedings{Ogden1983QueryLF,
  title={Query languages for the casual user: Exploring the middle ground between formal and natural languages},
  author={William C. Ogden and Susan R. Brooks},
  booktitle={CHI '83},
  year={1983}
}
In the past the non-programmer who wanted the information contained in a computer database had to employ an expert programmer knowledgeable in the language and structure of the database. Now languages are being developed that are designed to be used by an infrequent or “casual” user who has limited knowledge of how the data is stored or retrieved by the computer. These special purpose query languages which allow these casual users to retrieve information from computer databases are commonly… CONTINUE READING

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