Publication: The Usability of Transparent Overview Layers

Viewports into large visual workspaces are sometimes supplemented by a separate window that displays a miniaturized overview of the entire workspace. Instead of this separate window, we have layered a transparent version of the overview atop the viewport. Because the overview fills the display, it becomes the largest size possible. An exploratory study indicates that people can use this unusual system, where they switch between layers when performing a construction task.

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Donald Cox Jasdeep Chugh
Carl Gutwin
University of Saskatchewan
Saul Greenberg
University of Calgary

Citation

Cox, D., Chugh, J., Gutwin, C., Greenberg, S. 1998. The Usability of Transparent Overview Layers. In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 301-302.

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@inproceedings {transparent-radar,
author= {Donald Cox and Jasdeep Chugh and Carl Gutwin and Saul Greenberg},
title= {The Usability of Transparent Overview Layers},
booktitle= {Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems},
year= {1998},
pages= {301-302}
}