Saturday, September 17, 2011

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

This paper primarily provides information and compares four schemes(interface approach) which allow user to get focus and contextual views of information space.In this firstly author has provided very clear description of all the four schemes,namely Overview+Detail ,Zooming, Focus+Context and Cue based.Each of them are described in detail with examples.Being novice in field I found description of multiple real examples of each scheme very informative.Author explanation about effect of these schemes on cognition and mental effort are beneficial while making selection among these.

Paper also provides detailed empirical evaluations of these scheme performed over period of time by different researchers.Authors has summarize those in two tables namely Low-Level-Evaluation and High-Level-Evaluation which provide pro and cons of these schemes.I find experimental fats in sections named spatial memory and cue based learning interesting.