Christopher Olston, Ed Chi
We propose a new modality for locating information in hypertext environments called ScentTrails. This modality combines the strengths of searching and browsing in a unified interface. In ScentTrails, a user types keywords representing the portion of her information goal that is initially known and compatible with keyword search. Then, a special proxy located between the content provider and the user customizes subsequently accessed hyperlink documents by adding search cues, which are indications that a hyperlink leads to content that matches the search query. In an initial experimental study, test subjects completed a set of information location tasks relevant to…
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