A focus+context technique based on hyperbolic geometry for visualizing large hierarchies

John Lamping, Ramana Rao, Peter Pirolli
1995 Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems - CHI '95  
We present a new focus+context (fisheye) technique for visualizing and manipulating large hierarchies. Our technique assigns more display space to a portion of the hierarchy while still embedding it in the context of the entire hierarchy. The essence of this scheme is to lay out the hierarchy in a uniform way on a hyperbolic plane and map this plane onto a circular display region. This supports a smooth blending between focus and context, as well as continuous redirection of the focus. We have
more » ... the focus. We have developed effective procedures for manipulating the focus using pointer clicks as well as interactive dragging, and for smoothly animating transitions across such manipulation. A laboratory experiment comparing the hyperbolic browser with a conventional hierarchy browser was conducted.
doi:10.1145/223904.223956 dblp:conf/chi/LampingRP95 fatcat:tzba6oysufh3rdnvkf6iqdez54