Sunday, September 18, 2011

Reaction: A Review of Overview+Detail, Zooming, and Focus+Context Interfaces

Authors have proposed different approached for interfaces and have presented a study so as to build effective user interfaces. The first interface that the authors talk about is the overview+detail interface. As the name indicates by using this interface one can represent your data in a highly detailed manner. One can incorporate lots and lots of details using it. However, you cannot just use this interface because of the problems like space and mental effort but need to use other interfaces which will compliment this one.

On the similar lines Zoom and Panning techniques is easy to implement and is used frequently in many applications. However there are still some drawbacks like the "desert fog".

In, sum the authors have presented to us various interfaces , respective advantages and disadvantages and then their effective utilization when used in combination. I would agree with the author that the above interfaces used in isolation would indeed be ineffective and thus we should use then in combination.