Monday, September 19, 2011

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

This was an informative paper to read. Web visualization is a part of Human Computer Interaction and thus there has to be a lot of emphsis laid on the interaction part. In my opinion this paper is dedicated to that part. It provides detailed approaches that one could follow while designing an interface for user interaction. The authors have organized the approaches into four categories which distinguish systems according to their varying uses of space, time, or visual effect. The title itself makes it clear what approaches are presented in the paper. The authors have tried to state, whenever possible, which features can be combined together. For examle- zooming and overview+ detail could be combined. But they have avoided detailed discussion on such combinations to focus on isolated features. The supporting diagrams or examples for almost every presented concept make this paper much easier and better to understand. What I liked the most about this paper is the in depth coverage of each approach including illustrations, usages, pros and cons. Still the length of the paper make it bit difficult to grasp.