Table of Contents

VOLUME X.1 January + February 2003

  • Editoral
    • That old Janx Spirit

      Steven Pemberton

      If you have ever read Douglas Adam’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, you will know who Ford Prefect is, why he has such an odd name, and of an old drinking game that he used to play: Two contestants would sit either side of a table, with a glass…

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  • Research alerts
    • Navigation patterns & usability of zoomable user interfaces

      Kasper Hornbæk, Benjamin Bederson, Catherine Plaisant

      Information spaces such as maps, desktops, hierarchies, and networks commonly consist of thousands or millions of objects. Graphically displaying such information spaces and developing efficient ways of letting users interact with them are the main challenges of information visualization. Coordinated overviews and zoomable user interfaces (ZUIs) are two prominent concepts…

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  • What's happening
    • What’s happening

      Marisa Campbell

      CHI 2003: Call for Papers Workshop on HCI and Security Systems CHI 2003 April 5-10, 2003 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA This workshop will seek to understand the roles and demands placed on users of security systems, and explore design solutions that can assist in making security systems usable and effective.…

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  • Whiteboard
    • Like water for data flow

      Dineh Davis

      When you wake up in the morning and look in the mirror you typically recognize your reflection as belonging to you and not to me. If you didn’t, if perchance you looked in the mirror and saw me, you’d probably scream out in disbelief, "Eeek! There’s Davis staring out at…

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  • Design
    • Small details

      William Anderson

      User-centered and participatory approaches to computer system design, development, and deployment stress the value and importance of looking closely at the work practices of computer-systems users. This often includes participant observation and impromptu, loosely structured interviews. Sometimes it includes active participation in the implementation and deployment of new technology. It…

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  • Book preview
    • Book preview

      Marisa Campbell

      Making the Web Work: Designing Effective Web Applications Bob Baxley New Riders Publishing, 2003 ISBN 0735711968 $45.00 Making the Web work discusses in detail the unique challenges and issues, including inconsistency in approach and inconsistency in implementation, involved in designing Web-based applications and services. The book tackles this subject on…

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  • Reflections
    • The kiss of the spiderbot

      Steven Pemberton

      Some people call it “designing for our future selves,” in order to get the message across that one day we will all benefit from a Web that has been designed by people who think of more than the visible. But in fact, some of us could even benefit today from…

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  • Conference preview
    • Conference preview

      Marisa Campbell

      CHI 2003 April 5-10, 2003 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA By looking more closely at special areas of focus, the human-computer interaction community will attempt to broaden its influence on user interfaces. CHI 2003, the next annual conference sponsored by ACM SIGCHI, will include the successful program tracks of the past…

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  • Fast forward
    • User-interface design and China

      Aaron Marcus

      Introduction In recognition of the Fifth Asian-Pacific Computer-Human Interaction (APCHI 2002) conference, which took place in Beijing November 1–4, 2002, and influenced by my current location in China, I want to focus on some issues of user-interface design. China, as too few Westerners know, is a vast, complex country with…

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