In: Proceedings of InfoVis 2000, short paper.

Redefining the Focus and Context of Focus+Context Visualizations

Staffan Björk and Johan Redström
PLAY: Applied research on art and technology
Interactive Institute, Box 620, SE-405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden


The increasing diversity of computers, especially among small mobile devices such as mobile phones and PDAs, raise new questions about information visualization techniques developed for the desktop computer. Using a series of examples ranging from applications for ordinary desktop displays to web-browsers and other applications for PDAs, we describe how a focus+context technique, Flip Zooming, is changed due to the situation it is used in. Based on these examples, we discuss how the use of "focus" and "context" in focus+context techniques change in order to fit new areas of use for information visualization. By doing so, we hope to enrich the understanding of how focus+context techniques as a whole may be further developed.


Information Visualization, Personal Digital Assistants, Focus+Context techniques

© 2000

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