Hoptrees: Branching History Navigation for Hierarchies

  • Michael Brooks
  • Jevin D. West
  • Cecilia R. Aragon
  • Carl T. Bergstrom
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-40477-1_20

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8119)
Cite this paper as:
Brooks M., West J.D., Aragon C.R., Bergstrom C.T. (2013) Hoptrees: Branching History Navigation for Hierarchies. In: Kotzé P., Marsden G., Lindgaard G., Wesson J., Winckler M. (eds) Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2013. INTERACT 2013. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 8119. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

Designing software for exploring hierarchical data sets is challenging because users can easily become lost in large hierarchies. We present a novel interface, the hoptree, to assist users with navigating large hierarchies. The hoptree preserves navigational history and context and allows one-click navigation to recently-visited locations. We describe the design of hoptrees and an implementation that we created for a tree exploration application. We discuss the potential for hoptrees to be used in a wide variety of hierarchy navigation scenarios. Through a controlled experiment, we compared the effectiveness of hoptrees to a breadcrumb navigation interface. Study participants overwhelmingly preferred the hoptree, with improved time-on-task with no difference in error rates.

Keywords

Navigation tree visualization hierarchy breadcrumbs visual interfaces usability 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Brooks
    • 1
  • Jevin D. West
    • 1
  • Cecilia R. Aragon
    • 1
  • Carl T. Bergstrom
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Washington SeattleUSA

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