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Some things are better left unspoken. Posted on 05/10/2002.

The Washington Post serves up a surprisingly smart article on research in interface design, A Visual Rather Than Verbal Future. Pretty much a paean to Ben Shneiderman and his lab at the University of Maryland, it focuses on Ben's contention that we will interact with our computers visually, not verbally, (though it doesn't delve into how our computers will interact with us), and also gives some play to Ben Bederson's PhotoMesa, an image browser. Ben B has been preaching the power of zooming user interfaces since 1993, and it looks like his persistence is paying off.

(And, is it just me, or is perhaps the best newspaper website? It's tricked out with all kinds of things, videos, chats, etc., in a way that makes sense, and seems to speak to the "promise" of online journalism.)

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I like the WashPost too - I don't read it unless I'm linked in to it. But they have good content and you don't have to register! During the 2000 election I very much enjoyed their political-media analyst Howard Kurtz(?) - he reviewed the coverage of Gore/Bush in all the major media outlets (and some minor ones) examining the general spin on the news at large. Good stuff. And again, no subscription, no popups, no fees.

As for this article you cited Peter, I used to like the idea of voice commands until I tried to write that way and I got a sore throat.

More recently I imagined an office full of people talking their correspondence and documents and computer interfaces! HAh HAH HAHAH totally untenable. What a cacaphony that would be!
Posted by Justin @ 05/11/2002 12:09 PM PST [link to this comment]

Sadly, old URL links to Washington Post articles do not necessarily remain free.
Posted by Richard @ 05/13/2002 08:44 AM PST [link to this comment]

I'm glad to see that with PhotoMesa, Ben Bederson has finally found an application for ZUIs that fits. Ben S. used a tool based on their ZUI toolkit Jazz as his presentation tool when he gave a keynote at CHI back in 1999 (I think that was the year) and it just seemed like so much eye candy to me, not really adding anything to the experience that wouldn't be better done in PowerPoint.
Posted by ralph @ 05/13/2002 10:32 PM PST [link to this comment]

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