Table Input Method: A Tool for the Construction of Tabular Expressions
in the Table Tool System
Jaroslaw G. Kowalik
Compared to other means, mathematical expressions most precisely represent
the complex relations that are used to specify and document software systems,
however, they can be complex. In order to simply the presentation of
mathematical expressions, Dr. Parnas et al. proposed the use of tabular
To create correct tabular expressions quickly, an effective editor is required.
This paper proposes thirteen criteria to evaluate the effectiveness of tabular
expression editors. Six common editors are evaluated benchmarked against these
thirteen criteria. None of the existing surveyed editors however meet all the
criteria. To prove these thirteen criteria can be fulfilled a new editor, Table
Input Method (TIM), was created by the author. This paper illustrates how TIM
successfully meets all the established criteria.