fulldocs.twitter.zoomable_ui

https://twitter.com/rsnous/status/1360841991383179266

would it be right to say that “zoomable user interface” is 1. a complete success for maps and 2. a complete failure everywhere else? (if so, why?)

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would it be right to say that “zoomable user interface” is 1. a complete success for maps and 2. a complete failure everywhere else? (if so, why?)

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One of my things is that the iPhone springboard is basically a simplified zoomable interface with two zoom levels. In the early days many of the icons intuitively read as mini cartoon versions of the app.

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!! it did immediately stick out to me that Table 1 in library.tuit.uz/knigiPDF/Ebsco used the iPhone app launcher as its example of ZUI on the iPhone – it’s certainly not what I think of when I think of zooming on the phone

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Nope. The standard way to view genomes is through zoomable user interfaces. See e.g.

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The only other interesting example I can think of is treemaps in data viz. I think you’re generally right, and the other examples people are offering in this thread really aren’t what was meant by “zoomable user interface.” Decent bibliography/review here: library.tuit.uz/knigiPDF/Ebsco

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Few other digital objects can be subdivided so many times and still provide a useful chunk of information, viewed in isolation. Hard to imagine something like a CAD or a wav file where a 1/68 millionth (z18 of map quadtree) slice of the content is useful. wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Zoom_leve

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Maybe the way to think about it is that you zoom from factory>machine>part, or from discography>album>song>section>sample? We’ve parsed the fully zoomed-out version of maps, but not of other data

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Maps have semantic zooming, the most important quality of ZUIs: the elision and simplification of information as you zoom out to maintain comprehension. I was very excited about ZUIs from following

’s work in early 2000s, feel disappointed we haven’t made more of them

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Zooming through layered space, with compositing, tiling, and assigning a place + size + granularity to elements, is broadly useful but takes work to set up. Britannica Online attempted this for knowledge, but never launched.

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Not sure if this was mentioned already but the iOS photos app is a pretty great ZUI imo (especially since it both zooms out to see more content and let’s you scroll through time at larger / smaller intervals).


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