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Graphstract: Minimal Graphical Help for Computers Sunnyvale, CA 94089
 

Summary: Graphstract: Minimal Graphical Help for Computers
Jeff Huang
Yahoo
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
jeffhuangillinois@yahoo.com
Michael B. Twidale
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL 61820
twidale@uiuc.edu
ABSTRACT
We explore the use of abstracted screenshots as part of a
new help interface. Graphstract, an implementation of a
graphical help system, extends the ideas of textually
oriented Minimal Manuals to the use of screenshots,
allowing multiple small graphical elements to be shown in a
limited space. This allows a user to get an overview of a
complex sequential task as a whole. The ideas have been
developed by three iterations of prototyping and evaluation.
A user study shows that Graphstract helps users perform

  

Source: Anderson, Richard - Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington at Seattle

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences