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Discussion and Implications

Computer displays serve as an extension to our memory. Improved techniques to organize, access, and manipulate many pieces of information efficiently is likely to broaden our problem solving capability. By providing a scalable layout, Elastic Windows improves visibility of both detail and context with making use of spatial and visual capabilities of human beings to a large extent.

Scalability is also a crucial issue in many other applications such as visual language systems, software and database visualization tools, and office information systems. The design principles of the Elastic Windows approach are likely to find their way in these applications where the increase in complexity would be matched by an increase in user's ability to organize, access and manipulate information in groups.

Eser Kandogan
Sun Sep 13 18:34:46 EDT 1998

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