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Graphical Multiscale Web Histories: A Study of PadPrints

dc.contributor.authorHightower, Ron R.en_US
dc.contributor.authorRing, Laura T.en_US
dc.contributor.authorHelfman, Jonathan I.en_US
dc.contributor.authorBederson, Benjamin B.en_US
dc.contributor.authorHollan, James D.en_US
dc.description.abstractWe have implemented a browser companion called PadPrints that dynamically builds a graphical history-map of visited web pages. PadPrints relies on Pad++, a zooming user interface (ZUI) development substrate, to display the history-map using minimal screen space. PadPrints functions in conjunction with a traditional web browser but without requiring any browser modifications. We performed two usability studies of PadPrints. The first addressed general navigation effectiveness. The second focused on history-related aspects of navigation. In tasks requiring returns to prior pages, users of PadPrints completed tasks in 61.2% of the time required by users of the same browser without PadPrints. We also observed significant decreases in the number of pages accessed when using PadPrints. Users found browsing with PadPrints more satisfying than using Netscape alone. (Also cross-referenced as UMIACS-TR-98-33)en_US
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dc.relation.ispartofseriesUM Computer Science Department; CS-TR-3908en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesUMIACS; UMIACS-TR-98-33en_US
dc.titleGraphical Multiscale Web Histories: A Study of PadPrintsen_US
dc.typeTechnical Reporten_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtTech Reports in Computer Science and Engineeringen_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtUMIACS Technical Reportsen_US

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