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Flowcharts: What are they?
A flowchart illustrates the steps or process to solve a problem.
“Dummy Down” flowcharts for the majority of clients
“Beef-up” flowcharts for Web/Flash developers..Especially if complex processes, like e-commerce,applets, or utilities (calculators, games, specializedservices, etc.)
Basic flowcharting shapes
The terminator symbol (an ellipse orrounded rectangle) marks the startingor ending point of the process flow.Contains the word "Start" or "End."
A box can represent a single step(this X that), or an entire subprocess or function (a number ofcomplex calculations) within theprogram.
Represents information that comesas input or output to the system,such as values that the user enters(input) or messages printed (output).
A decision or branching point. Linesrepresenting different decisionsemerge from different points of thediamond (usually True/Falsebranches, but is dependent on thecriteria).
Indicates that the flow continues onanother page, where a matchingsymbol (containing the same letter) hasbeen placed
Arrows indicate the direction of flow.
Flowcharts: Four Structures