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Evaluation of a prototype interface for structured document retrieval

Reid, J. and Dunlop, M.D. (2003) Evaluation of a prototype interface for structured document retrieval. In: Proceedings of HCI 2003. Springer. ISBN 3-540-40821-5

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Abstract

Document collections often display either internal structure, in the form of the logical arrangement of document components, or external structure, in the form of links between documents. Structured document retrieval systems aim to exploit this structural information to provide users with more effective access to structured documents. To do this, the associated interface must both represent this information explicitly and support users in their browsing behaviour. This paper describes the implementation and user-centred evaluation of a prototype interface, the RelevanceLinkBar interface. The results of the evaluation show that the RelevanceLinkBar interface supported users in their browsing behaviour, allowing them to find more relevant documents, and was strongly preferred over a standard results interface.