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WEST: A Web Browser for Small Terminals

Björk, Staffan and Holmquist, Lars Erik and Redström, Johan and Bretan, Ivan and Danielsson, Rolf and Karlgren, Jussi and Franzén, Kristofer (1999) WEST: A Web Browser for Small Terminals. In: ACM conference on User Interface Standards and Technology (UIST), 7-10 Nov 1999, Asheville, North Carolina, USA.

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We describe WEST, a WEb browser for Small Terminals, that aims to solve some of the problems associated with accessing web pages on hand-held devices. Through a novel combination of text reduction and focus+context visualization, users can access web pages from a very limited display environment, since the system will provide an overview of the contents of a web page even when it is too large to be displayed in its entirety. To make maximum use of the limited resources available on a typical hand-held terminal, much of the most demanding work is done by a proxy server, allowing the terminal to concentrate on the task of providing responsive user interaction. The system makes use of some interaction concepts reminiscent of those defined in the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP), making it possible to utilize the techniques described here for WAP-compliant devices and services that may become available in the near future.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Hand-held devices, web browser, focus+context visualization, text reduction, flip zooming, WAP (wireless application protocol)
ID Code:65
Deposited By:Userware Researcher
Deposited On:07 Sep 2009
Last Modified:18 Nov 2009 15:51

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