Enabling Efficient Browsing and Manipulation of Web Tables on Smartphone

  • Wenchang Xu
  • Yuanchun Shi
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6763)

Abstract

Tables are very important carriers of the vast information on the Internet and are widely used in web pages. However, most designs of web tables are only for desktop PCs and just focus on how to visually and logically show large amount of data without considering their visual effects on small-screen devices. Therefore, users suffer inconvenience when browsing web tables on smartphone. In this paper, we propose to enable efficient browsing and manipulation of web tables on smartphone in order to solve the problems of both information retrieval and content replication from web tables. We implemented a mobile web browser on Android 2.1 platform, which deals with web tables in three steps: genuine table detection, table understanding and user interface design. We conducted a user study to test the effects that users used such tool. Experimental results show that the tool increases users’ browsing efficiency of web tables and the novel browsing and manipulation modes are well accepted by users.

Keywords

Web table Table extraction Table understanding Table manipulation User interface design 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wenchang Xu
    • 1
  • Yuanchun Shi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and TechnologyTsinghua UniversityBeijingP.R. China

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