Using text animated transitions to support navigation in document histories

Using text animated transitions to support navigation in document histories Authors: Fanny Chevalier, Pierre Dragicevic, Anastasia Bezerianos, Jean-Daniel Fekete Keywords: animated transitions, revision control, text editing

Abstract:

This article examines the benefits of using text animated transitions for navigating in the revision history of textual documents. We propose an animation technique for smoothly transitioning between different text revisions, then present the Diffamation system. Diffamation supports rapid exploration of revision histories by combining text animated transitions with simple navigation and visualization tools. We finally describe a user study showing that smooth text animation allows users to track changes in the evolution of textual documents more effectively than flipping pages.

Project website: http://www.aviz.fr/diffamation/

The video of tracking changes to a document has to be seen to be appreciated.

Research question as to how to visualize changes/revisions to a topic map. This is one starting place.

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