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

Andy Cockburn, Amy K. Karlson, and Benjamin B. Bederson

Abstract

There are many interface schemes that allow users to work at, and move between, focused and contextual views of a data set. We review and categorise these schemes according to the interface mechanisms used to separate and blend views. The four approaches are overview+detail, which uses a spatial separation between focused and contextual views; zooming, which uses a temporal separation; focus+context, which minimizes the seam between views by displaying the focus within the context; and cue-based techniques which selectively highlight or suppress items within the information space. Critical features of these categories, and empirical evidence of their success, are discussed. The aim is to provide a succinct summary of the state-of-the-art, to illuminate successful and unsuccessful interface strategies, and to identify potentially fruitful areas for further work.

Details

Publication typeArticle
Published inACM Computing Surveys
URLhttp://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1456650.1456652
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc.
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