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HCIL-2000-06

Shneiderman, B., Kang, H. (May 2000)
Direct Annotation: A Drag-and-Drop Strategy for Labeling Photos
Proc. International Conference Information Visualization (IV2000). London, England. Proc. International Conference on Information Visualization 2000, IEEE, Los Alamitos, CA (July 2000), 88-95.
HCIL-2000-06, CS-TR-4129, UMIACS-TR-2000-23, ISR-TR-2005-7

Annotating photos is such a time-consuming, tedious and error-prone data entry task that it discourages most owners of personal photo libraries. By allowing users to drag labels such as personal names from a scrolling list and drop them on a photo, we believe we can make the task faster, easier and more appealing. Since the names are entered in a database, searching for all photos of a friend or family member is dramatically simplified. We describe the user interface design and the database schema to support direct annotation, as implemented in our PhotoFinder prototype.


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