Re: [unrev-II] WebNav -- a dynamic Java applet for navigating the Memex and Beyond site

From: Jack Park (
Date: Thu May 25 2000 - 11:42:25 PDT

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    Well, the plot thickens...
    This paper
    talks about a range of user interfaces regarding information retrieval. Much food for thought here.

      From: Bill Bearden
      Speaking of navigating the WWW...
      The folks that brought you have recently brought up a new site: I fooled around with it the other day.
      One thing I like: it gives you links before you get to the end of the tree. It doesn't do this at every level, but it does it fairly often. For instance, you may not have to navigate all the way through WebBrain->Games->Board Games->Alphabetical Listing->C->Chess to find a link that might give you information on the history of chess. A "history of games" site appears in the bottom half of the screen at the Games level. And this link points to a site that does contain a brief but interesting history of chess.
      Another thing I like is that it gives you a little access to the level from which you came. It appears that it caches the categories from the previous level as you can scroll through a list of them. It is a graphical 2.5D (almost 3D) navigation system.
      What I would like to see is more functionality on the "mouse over". I think it should display a description of the category or allow a quick peek at the level below.

          I don't know about WebNav but there's another Java applet that does exist. It is an on-going IBM project called Mappucino: Another similar product (commercial this time) is Inxight SiteLens: Both of them parse a site and display the site's organization as a graphical map that users can navigate through.


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