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Image representations for accessing and organizing Web information
Author(s): Jonathan I. Helfman; James D. Hollan
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Paper Abstract

The web is enormous and constantly growing. User-interfaces for web-based applications need to make it easy for people to access relevant information without becoming overwhelmed or disoriented. Today's interfaces employ textual representations almost exclusively, typically organized in lists and hierarchies of web-page titles or URL taxonomies. Given the ability of images to assist memory and our frequent exploitation of space in everyday problem solving to simplify choice, perception, and mental computation, it is surprising that so little use is made of images and spatial organizations in accessing and organizing web information. The work we summarize in this paper suggest that spatial and temporal organization of selectable images may offer multiple advantages over textual lists of titles and URLs. We describe several image-based applications, detail basic image representation techniques, and discuss spatial and temporal strategies for organization.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 December 2000
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4311, Internet Imaging II, (27 December 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.411880
Show Author Affiliations
Jonathan I. Helfman, AT&T Labs. (United States)
James D. Hollan, Univ. of California/San Diego (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4311:
Internet Imaging II
Giordano B. Beretta; Raimondo Schettini, Editor(s)

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