Collapse-to-Zoom: Viewing Web Pages on Small Screen Devices by Interactively Removing Irrelevant Content
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Overview: Web pages are often designed with a desktop screen in mind, i.e., they use multi-column layouts and/or are preformatted to a certain page width. On a small screen device, such as a PDA, such pages can be hard to read. If rendered in a desktop-like two-dimensional layout, such pages can require users to scroll horizontally while reading text. This paper from Microsoft presents collapse-to-zoom, a technique that addresses this issue by offering an alternative exploration strategy. In addition to the known strategy of zooming into relevant areas, collapse-to-zoom allows users to collapse areas deemed irrelevant, such as columns containing menus, archive material, or advertising.