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A Metro Map Metaphor for Guided Tours on the Web: The Webwise Guided Tour System

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  • Elmer Sørensen Sandvad, Denmark
  • Kaj Grønbæk
  • Lennert Sloth, Denmark
  • Jørgen Lindskov Knudsen, Denmark
  • Department of Computer Science

This paper presents a guided tour system for the WWW. It is a module for the Webvise open hypermedia system that implements the ideas of trails and guided tours, originating from the hypertext field. Webvise appears as an open hypermedia helper application to the user and stores the guided tours in an XML format called OHIF separated from the WWW documents included in the tour. The main advantages of the system are: (1) a browser independent format in terms of HTML and PNG-based image maps for reading the guided tours; (2) support for a familiar metaphor, namely, a metro route map; (3) overview maps and route maps with indication of which stations of a tour have been visited; and finally (4) support for arbitrary web pages as stations on the tour.

The paper discusses the Webvise Guided Tour System and illustrates its use in a digital library portal. The system is compared to other recent Web-based guided tour systems, and it is argued that Webvise Guided Tour System solves a number of prior system problems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th international conference on World wide web
Number of pages8
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication year2001
ISBN (print)1-58113-348-0
ISBN (Electronic)371920.372079
Publication statusPublished - 2001
EventInternational World Wide Web Conference - Hong Kong, China
Duration: 1 May 20015 May 2001
Conference number: 10


ConferenceInternational World Wide Web Conference
ByHong Kong

    Research areas

  • Guided tours, Paths, Trails, Navigation, Hypermedia, Metro Map metaphor

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