No Going Back: An Interactive Visualization Application for Trailblazing on the Web

C. Power, I. McQuillan, H. Petrie, P. Kennaugh, M. Daley, G. Wozniak

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This paper presents the design of a new web browser, the Tree Trailblazer, which allows users to browse the web while maintaining a visual record of their exploration path, or trail, through the information space. This design enhances the backtracking aspects of web browsing over current designs by providing visual cues regarding the pages related to the page being viewed, providing users with an understanding of their position in the trail. This design also helps users blaze new trails off a page by allowing them to open previews of pages off of the currently viewed page. The scenario based design process that was used to construct the browser is discussed in conjunction with the initial prototype implementation. A formative user evaluation of this prototype showed this browser design to be very easy to learn and highly usable, with particular attention being paid to aspects of the tree visualization.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Visualisation, 2008. IV '08. 12th International Conference
Pages133 -142
ISBN (Print)978-0-7695-3268-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2008
EventInformation Visualisation, 2008. IV '08. 12th International Conference - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Jul 200811 Jul 2008


ConferenceInformation Visualisation, 2008. IV '08. 12th International Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Tree Trailblazer
  • Web browser
  • Web trailblazing
  • World Wide Web
  • interactive visualization
  • tree visualization
  • Internet
  • Web design
  • data visualisation
  • online front-ends

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