SIGIA-L Mail Archives: Re: [Sigia-l] Less Spatiality, More Sema
Re: [Sigia-l] Less Spatiality, More Semantics?
Date: Tue Mar 25 2003 - 11:42:44 EST
> > There are interesting approaches, does anyone have any examples that
> > could talk about to further clarify and advance the topic?
> Well, here's one way I understand it.
> Amazon.com utilizes both spatial and semantic processing of information.
> That which supports spatial processing includes the tabs, the
> the "browse path", the set of topic links at the bottom of a book page.
> That which supports semantic processing are search, and, perhaps most
> famously, "People Who Bought This Also Bought...". The latter is about
> understanding of the "meaning" of the product in view, and how its
> is illuminated through relationships with other products.
Bear with me - i'm trying to think this through ... I can understand that
if the "spatial" organization schemes have been defined fairly arbitrarily
then any "semantic" schemes will be the ones which have the most 'meaning'
to users and be the most effective in helping the user form semantic
relationships between products/information.
If, however, the "spatial" schemes have also been designed with User Tasks
and Goals in mind then don't they, by definition, also approach things
from a fairly "semantic" perspective?
- Richard Dalton
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