[tdwg] Interesting example of tree navigation

Rebecca Shapley rebecca at akodon.com
Fri Sep 14 04:45:19 CEST 2007

Yes, it's a degree of interest interaction. There have been various attempts
to implement this DOI idea since it came out, and I'm pointing to this one
as a rather novel implementation, that may overcome some of the usability
issues seen with hyperbolic trees, etc.

I would definitely test its usability with a taxonomic tree data set and
some "normal folk" before advocating it as the ultimate solution for an EOL
project. Denise Green and I did these types of usability tests on three
interactive tree presentations available in 2005, providing something of a
baseline against which this particular interaction style might be judged.
http://groups.sims.berkeley.edu/TOL/docs/GreenShapleyTOLFinalReport.pdf  (4


On 9/13/07, Richard Pyle <deepreef at bishopmuseum.org> wrote:
> > As Rod suggested, this is pretty old news.
> This begs the question:  has this style of user-interface failed to catch
> on
> more widely because of:
> 1) Technological limitations;
> 2) Insufficient creativity and inspiration; or
> 3) Insufficient usability?
> I'm tempted to eliminate #3 on the grounds that I don't think this style
> of
> UI has been widespread enough to have been subjected to, and then failed,
> some sort of usability meta-experiment.
> This is not to say that it won't ultimately fail such a meta-experiment --
> just that it hasn't really had a chance to fail it yet.
> Rich
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