Monday, September 19, 2011

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

The author reviews four techniques of interface design and evaluates the effectiveness of each of them.In the overview+detail, data set is partitioned spatially and there is a brief as well as detailed overview.In zooming, there is temporal separation and the user can choose to magnify/demagnify specific information. In context+focus, the focus is within the context in a single continuous view.In cue-based techniques, only certain items in the dataset which might be relevant to the user are highlighted.

The paper is well written and all the techniques are explained using popular applications like Microsoft Powerpoint, Google Earth that most readers are familiar with. I particularly liked the fisheye views which are explained using Mac OS X Dock icon panel.