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Max L. Wilson

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Search user interface design
Max L. Wilson

Published 2012 by Morgan & Claypool in San Rafael, Calif. (1537 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901 USA) .
Written in English.

About the Book

Search User Interfaces (SUIs) represent the gateway between people who have a task to complete, and the repositories of information and data stored around the world. Not surprisingly, therefore, there are many communities who have a vested interest in the way SUIs are designed. There are people who study how humans search for information, and people who study how humans use computers. There are people who study good user interface design, and people who design aesthetically pleasing user interfaces. There are also people who curate and manage valuable information resources, and people who design effective algorithms to retrieve results from them. While it would be easy for one community to reject another for their limited ability to design a good SUI, the truth is that they all can, and they all have made valuable contributions. Fundamentally, therefore, we must accept that designing a great SUI means leveraging the knowledge and skills from all of these communities. The aim of this book is to at least acknowledge, if not integrate, all of these perspectives to bring the reader into a multidisciplinary mindset for how we should think about SUI design. Further, this book aims to provide the reader with a framework for thinking about how different innovations each contribute to the overall design of a SUI. With this framework and a multidisciplinary perspective in hand, the book then continues by reviewing: early, successful, established, and experimental concepts for SUI design. The book then concludes by discussing how we can analyse and evaluate the ongoing developments in SUI design, as this multidisciplinary area of research moves forwards. Finally, in reviewing these many SUIs and SUI features, the book finishes by extracting a series of 20 SUI design recommendations that are listed in the conclusions.

Table of Contents

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1. Introduction
1.1 From information retrieval to exploratory search
1.2 Our everyday experiences of search
1.3 A framework for thinking about search features
1.4 Structure of book
1.4.1 Key terms
2. Searcher-computer interaction
2.1 Related disciplines in SUI design
2.2 How we should think about SUIs
2.2.1 Getting it right, for the user
2.2.2 The effects of the technology
2.3 User interface design principles
2.4 Summary
3. Early search user interfaces
3.1 A brief early history of SUIs
3.1.1 Conversation and dialogue
3.1.2 Browsing
3.1.3 Form filling
3.1.4 Boolean searching
3.1.5 Informational advances
3.2 The onset of modern SUIs
3.3 Summary
4. Modern search user interfaces
4.1 Input features
4.1.1 The search box
4.1.2 Adding metadata
4.2 Control features
4.2.1 Interactive query changes
4.2.2 Corrections
4.2.3 Sorting
4.2.4 Filters
4.2.5 Grouping
4.3 Informational features
4.3.1 Standard results lists
4.3.2 2D displays of results
4.3.3 3D displays of results
4.3.4 Additional informational features
4.4 Personalisable features
4.4.1 Current-search personalisation
4.4.2 Persistent search personalisation
4.4.3 Socially affected personalisation
4.5 Summary
5. Experimental search user interfaces
5.1 Collaborative search
5.2 Real-time search and social media
5.3 Exploratory search and sensemaking
5.4 Mobile search
5.5 Re-finding, desktop and personal search
5.6 Summary
6. Evaluating search user interfaces
6.1 IR vs. empirical vs. analytical approaches
6.1.1 IR evaluation
6.1.2 Empirical user studies
6.1.3 Analytical approaches
6.2 Choosing an approach
6.3 Summary
7. Conclusions
7.1 Revisiting how we think about SUIs
7.2 Innovating and evaluating SUIs
7.3 Summary of design recommendations
7.4 Concluding remarks
Author's biography.

Edition Notes

Part of: Synthesis digital library of engineering and computer science.

Series from website.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 103-124).

Abstract freely available; full-text restricted to subscribers or individual document purchasers.

Also available in print.

Mode of access: World Wide Web.

System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Title from PDF t.p. (viewed on December 17, 2011).

Synthesis lectures on information concepts, retrieval, and services -- # 20
Other Titles
Synthesis digital library of engineering and computer science.


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Library of Congress
TK5105.884 .W557 2012

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1 electronic text (xviii, 125 p.) :
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9781608456901, 9781608456895

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