Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

UC Berkeley

Domain-Specific Information Browsers for Man Page, File, and Font

Thomas A. Phelps

EECS Department
University of California, Berkeley
Technical Report No. UCB/CSD-94-802
March 1994

http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/1994/CSD-94-802.pdf

The task of information browsers is (1) to aid in navigating through a large database to locate the item of interest and (2) to inspect or otherwise manipulate this item once found. This document describes three experiments in constructing tools for information browsing: TkMan for UNIX manual pages, NBT for files in a hierarchical files system, and FoSel for bitmap fonts. Each exploits the large-scale natural organization of data and the fine-grained structure of each datum with a graphical user interface to provide a powerful yet intuitive tool. The lessons learned in implementing the browsers point to general principles that should guide the design of all information browsers.


BibTeX citation:

@techreport{Phelps:CSD-94-802,
    Author = {Phelps, Thomas A.},
    Title = {Domain-Specific Information Browsers for Man Page, File, and Font},
    Institution = {EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley},
    Year = {1994},
    Month = {Mar},
    URL = {http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/1994/6312.html},
    Number = {UCB/CSD-94-802},
    Abstract = {The task of information browsers is (1) to aid in navigating through a large database to locate the item of interest and (2) to inspect or otherwise manipulate this item once found. This document describes three experiments in constructing tools for information browsing: TkMan for UNIX manual pages, NBT for files in a hierarchical files system, and FoSel for bitmap fonts. Each exploits the large-scale natural organization of data and the fine-grained structure of each datum with a graphical user interface to provide a powerful yet intuitive tool. The lessons learned in implementing the browsers point to general principles that should guide the design of all information browsers.}
}

EndNote citation:

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%I EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley
%D 1994
%@ UCB/CSD-94-802
%U http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/1994/6312.html
%F Phelps:CSD-94-802