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This position paper describes heuristic evaluation as it relates to visualization and visual analytics. We review heuristic evaluation in general, then comment on previous process-based, performance-based, and framework-based efforts to adapt the method to visualization-specific needs. We postulate that the framework-based approach holds the most promise for future progress in development of visualization-specific heuristics, and propose a specific framework as a starting point. We then recommend a method for community involvement and input into the further development of the heuristic framework and more detailed design and evaluation guidelines.


Published in the Proceedings of the Fifth Workshop on Beyond Time and Errors: Novel Evaluation Methods for Visualization.

The final published version of this paper can be found here: 10.1145/2669557.2669580.