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A guide to visual multi-level interface design from synthesis of empirical study evidence

Author: Heidi Lam; Tamara Munzner
Publisher: San Rafael, Calif. (1537 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901 USA) : Morgan & Claypool, ©2011.
Series: Synthesis digital library of engineering and computer science.; Synthesis lectures on visualization, # 1.
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Displaying multiple levels of data visually has been proposed to address the challenge of limited screen space. Although many previous empirical studies have addressed different aspects of this question, the information visualization research community does not currently have a clearly articulated consensus on how, when, or even if displaying data at multiple levels is effective. To shed more light on this complex  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Heidi Lam; Tamara Munzner
ISBN: 9781608455935 1608455939
OCLC Number: 707877338
Notes: Part of: Synthesis digital library of engineering and computer science.
Series from website.
1. Introduction.
2. Terminology.
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 101 p.) : ill., digital file.
Contents: 1. Introduction.
Series Title: Synthesis digital library of engineering and computer science.; Synthesis lectures on visualization, # 1.
Responsibility: Heidi Lam, Tamara Munzner.

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Displaying multiple levels of data visually has been proposed to address the challenge of limited screen space. Although many previous empirical studies have addressed different aspects of this question, the information visualization research community does not currently have a clearly articulated consensus on how, when, or even if displaying data at multiple levels is effective. To shed more light on this complex topic, we conducted a systematic review of 22 existing multi-level interface studies to extract high-level design guidelines. To facilitate discussion, we cast our analysis findings into a four-point decision tree: (1) When are multi-level displays useful? (2) What should the higher visual levels display? (3) Should the different visual levels be displayed simultaneously, or one at a time? (4) Should the visual levels be embedded in a single display, or separated into multiple displays? Our analysis resulted in three design guidelines: (1) the number of levels in display and data should match; (2) high visual levels should only display task-relevant information; (3) simultaneous display, rather than temporal switching, is suitable for tasks with multi-level answers.

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