SIGIA-L Mail Archives: Re: SIGIA-L: ZUI hatred
Re: SIGIA-L: ZUI hatred
From: Ziya Oz (ziyaoz_at_earthlink.net)
Date: Sun Mar 24 2002 - 22:51:14 EST
Christopher Fahey [askrom] wrote:
> In a ZUI you can only see the layers below you.
> 2) ...Foregrounding a single heirarchy as the primary means of finding
> information in a complex dataset, as a ZUI does, is to deny the user a more
> powerful suite of tools.
There's no technical reason why one cannot simultaneously provide a ZUI
*and* a hierarchical structure that is in (real-time) sync with the ZUI.
What one can also do is to 'reposition' the hierarchical tree with respect
to multiple 'origins' or dependencies, thereby giving the user arbitrarily
fluent and multiple 'perspectives'.
I did some prototyping on this about, geez, half decade ago, for a financial
client. If one had small datasets to deal with, one could do pretty
eye-popping stuff. But real-time fetching, parsing and rendering large
datasets were utterly cost-prohibitive at that time. Ask me again in, say,
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