Posting Date: September 05, 2003
THE Zoom Demo (Jef Raskin) -- "Another example is with web sites. When one refers you to another page or section, you get a link on which you can click. With THE's zooming interface, instead of a link, you have the page itself there. We can only show bitmaps in this demo, so not all links have their referents there, but a few do to give you the idea." (Mac comments: The flash demo is 8MB, but give it a go if you've got the bandwidth. )
That's quite interesting. I'm currently writing a paper on file saving and file systems so that will help me think of some new ideas.
While I feel a bit uncomfortable voicing a dissenting perspective, Iím none the less compelled to.
Show me the numbers because this approach looks like a waste-of-time. I think zooming and panning are definitely a good way to navigate information thatís primarily spatial, but it seems like a lot unnecessary of work in Jef Raskinís demo.
Maybe I just missed the point
I like it for maps and photos but not for text pages