Monday, September 19, 2011

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

This paper talks about the four approaches which are overview+detail, zooming, focus+context, and cue-based techniques. The objective of this article is to summarize the state of research on interfaces that allow users to work at multiple levels of detail, and to identify effective and ineffective uses of them. The main aim is to provide a brief summary of the state-of-the-art in interfaces for working with focused and contextual views, and in the understanding of their performance issues as derived from empirical studies.

One good thing about the paper is that it has given diagrams for each and every example like FishEye and the document lens, which make understand the concept better.

Low-Level evaluations of mechanical manipulation and target acquisition and High-Level evaluations including comprehension of information spaces are a very clear and concise review of Overview+Detail, Zooming, and Focus+Context Interfaces.

Overall the paper is informative but I found it a little too descriptive. Even the summary is of two pages.