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New Scientist: Maximising minimalism

Aug 19, 2000, 23:34 (2 Talkback[s])


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"This week's trend in Web design is towards getting as much of a site's key info as possible onto one page while making that page as minimalist as possible... but how do you maximise the page's information content? Well, a new chunk of open-source software is going to help a lot: it's called Jazz. If webmasters adopt it, hitting a Jazz-enabled link will let you "zoom" into it, bringing up heaps more info--and perhaps more nested links."

"Jazz lets software engineers build zoomable user interfaces (ZUIs) in the Java programming language. The software lets you zoom through hierarchical layers. For instance, you can quickly burrow through the layers of a map, moving from continents all the way down to tiny streets, with smooth animation and easy mouse control. Jazz was developed by Ben Bederson and his team at the University of Maryland's Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL), along with colleagues in the open-source community. You can now download version 1.0 of Jazz for free at www.cs.umd.edu/hcil/jazz..."

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