4WWW95: panel: visualizing the Web

this panel discussed the question: can a visualization of Web space make it easier for users to navigate ?

visualization might be used to show:

but visualization has also its limitations, because:

one of the members of the panel showed pictures of visualized Web spaces which clearly unveiled the limitations of visualization. one picture, for example, showed the relations between documents and was so filled with squares (representing the documents) and lines (representing the links) that it was not possible to gain any information at all. once the information was reduced so that the picture became readable, the amount of information was so little, that it was of no use at all.

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4WWW95 visualizing the Web / 08-jan-96 (ra) / reto ambühler