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Re: Visualisation rather than text

From: Anne Pemberton <apembert@crosslink.net>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2000 11:51:28 -0400
To: Brian Kelly <b.kelly@ukoln.ac.uk>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <web-22330920@mailserver1.crosslink.net>
Hi, Brian,

Just checked out the webbrain.com and it will contribute nothing
towards meeting the needs of those who depend on vision and graphics.
The search engine was horribly slow, the links were only text, no
pictures, and it took almost 10 minutes to hitting dead ends to find
information on "kids" and "education" ... when found, the sites
offered were useless for kids' education, but were intended only for
adults and grad students or professionals. So, not only is the search
engine an exercise in futility, the sites it provides aren't worth
much either ... Much better results from the Altavista, Lycos and
Excite!
                                 Anne



On Wed, 25 Oct 2000 12:10:34 -0000
 Brian Kelly <lisbk@ukoln.ac.uk> wrote:
> I've recently come across Webbrain at http://www.webbrain.com/
> 
> This provides a 3D visualisation of search categories (it provides
> a front
> end to the DMoz open source directory).
> 
> In the light of recent discussions about the need for visualisation
> in
> certain areas and for certain categories of users, I wondered how
> this
> fitted in.
> 
> The Windows (or Mac) desktop is another example of a graphical
> metaphor.
> 
> A colleague of mine came across these other visualisation products
> --  the
> demos are site-specific rather than web-wide.
> 
>     from Inxight:
> http://www.inxight.com/products_wb/table_lens_web/tl_web_demos.html
> Table Lens
> 
> http://www.inxight.com/products_wb/ht_server/ht_server_demos.html
> Hyperbolic Tree (also see their own site map)
> 
>     from Plumb Design:
> http://www.plumbdesign.com/projects/thinkmap.html
> about Thinkmap
> 
> http://millennium.sonymusic.com/
> example on Sony site (clues: the expand "button" in the lower right
> corner
> is a toggle, the horizonal text line that builds up to the left of
> it allows
> you to return to places you have been)
> 
> http://www.plumbdesign.com/thesaurus/
> kind of fun to play with
> 
> Any thoughts on these types of services?
> 
> ta
> 
> brian
> --------------------------------------------------------------
> Brian Kelly
> UKOLN
> University of Bath
> BATH
> BA2 7AY
> Email: B.Kelly@ukoln.ac.uk
> Phone: (+44) 1225 323943
> 

Anne Pemberton
apembert@crosslink.net
Received on Wednesday, 25 October 2000 11:51:56 GMT

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