[tdwg] Interesting example of tree navigation

Rebecca Shapley rebecca at akodon.com
Fri Sep 14 04:52:59 CEST 2007

My guess -

a) there aren't many information sets that are difficult enough to present
in standard ways AND benefit from this type of presentation
b) there haven't been enough of (a) with the programmers/money/willingness
to try something novel
c) some concern over limiting the audience for the info, because it requires
Flash or some other plug-in. Potentially a high bar in terms of browser
capability, internet connection, etc. Or because Flash isn't open-source.

To get around (c), I'd take this implementation as a spec for the desired
interaction behavior and see if it can be done in any other more acceptable
technology, OR if it can be primarily Flash-based, but also degrade to
something acceptable for older browsers.

No reason the EOL project can't make a splash with something as exciting as


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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