Using SVG for an User-Interface to a Digital Library
||Krottmaier, Harald; Scherngell, Christian
||Using SVG for an User-Interface to a Digital Library
||ELPUB2006. Digital Spectrum: Integrating Technology and Culture - Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Electronic Publishing held in Bansko, Bulgaria 14-16 June 2006 / Edited by: Bob Martens, Milena Dobreva. ISBN 978-954-16-0040-5, 2006, pp. 81-88
||Interfaces for users on the web are usually created using standard HTML-technologies. Although dynamic text-based features are widely available on the web (e.g. by using DHTML) there are still some limitations in the user experience when using dynamic graphical elements. In this article we focus on a GUI-prototype using Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) as an interface to an existing Digital Library. First we describe the current situation of the running system and explain some of the limitations in the GUI. Thereafter we compare the document-format with other electronic formats. An overview of the prototype and a detailed description of the used framework will be given in the main section of this article. Finally we are going to show an improved version of a search task using an SVG-category viewer. Currently supported SVG-recommendation (SVG 1.1) by the SVG-plugins have some limitations. The upcomming release will solve some of the problems and introduce new features related to data-handling and database access. An outlook of these new features and lessons learned in implementing the prototype will close the article.
||SVG; user-interface design; GUI-framework; web-based interface
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