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New Human-computer Interaction Techniques for the Digital Library
Authors: Jacob, Robert J.K.; Shiaw, H.; Crane, G.R.
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We present our approach to developing new interaction techniques that users could someday use for reading the information in a digital library. Specifically, we focus on techniques for communicating spatial information as an ancillary aspect of text material in the library, without distracting from the main reading task. We use a "lightweight" or "non-command" user interface that follows the user and responds appropriately. This enables us to present information to the user in a non-distracting, background or peripheral mode, in a situation where reading the text ought to remain the primary focus of the user's attention. We describe our approach, design rationale, and prototype implementations of several of these new interaction techniques.

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