Monday, September 19, 2011

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

The paper describes the various interface strategies that can be used for designing the user interface of a visualization tool. The approaches that are discussed are overview +Detail, zooming, context+focus, cue.

According to me, the paper has a huge amount of information. The author has put in a lot of work which is clear from the extensive amount of illustrations that has been provided for each interface strategy. There can never be a one unique user interface for a particular visualization tool. Each type of user interface strategy has its pros and cons. The author has even illustrated with examples that there may not always be a clear distinction between the type of user interface. For ex: Zooming strategy, in a way, is similar to focus + context.The fish eye effect an the hyperbolic tree browser were quite an interesting read.