Human-Computer Interaction INTERACT ’97

Part of the series IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing pp 39-46

Navigation in Information Spaces: supporting the individual

  • David BenyonAffiliated withDept. Computer Studies, Napier University
  • , Kristina HöökAffiliated withSICS (Swedish Institute of Computer Science)


The issue of how users can navigate their way through large information spaces is one that is crucial to the ever expanding and interlinking of computer systems. There are many ways of dealing with the issue cf navigation. The use of appropriate metaphors is one, virtual reality and 3D interfaces another. A third is to provide adaptive interfaces based on individual differences in users navigational ability. This paper takes a critical look at the alternatives for assisting users to navigate information spaces and concludes by outlining a research agenda for navigation support.


Navigation Wayfmding Information Space Individual Differences