Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1880/45976
Title: BEYOND THE 'BACK' BUTTON: ISSUES OF PAGE REPRESENTATIONAND ORGANISATION IN GRAPHICAL WEB NAVIGATION TOOLS
Authors: Cockburn, Andy
Greenberg, Saul
Keywords: Computer Science
Issue Date: 1-Apr-1999
Abstract: Although the 'Back' button is good for revisiting very recently seen pages on the world-wide web, its recency and stack-based model makes it inefficent for navigating back to distant pages. The limitations of 'Back' have motivated researchers and developers to investigate graphical aids for web browsing. This paper examines the design and usability issues in two fundamental questions that all graphical tools for web-navigation must address: first, how can individual pages be represented to best support page identification?; and second, what display organisation schemes can be used to enhance the visualisation of large sets of previously visited pages? Our 'webView' graphical browsing system, which interacts with unaltered versions of Netscape Navigator, demonstrates new interface techniques for page representation and display organisation. WebView's page identification techniques included zoomable thumbnail images and a 'dogears' metaphor that offers a lightweight mechanism for bookmarking. Its display is organised using an integrated hybrid of three techniques: 'hub-and-spoke', which models the user's navigation within a site; 'site-maps', which model navigation between sites; and temporal organisation, which provides a recency ordered list of the visited sites.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1880/45976
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