Mockups

Textual interfaces to search systems are nothing new, but some are more usable than others.

Google Search is famous for (among other things :-) its clean and simple interface. Here is a representative search result, as shown in Chrome:

Elements

The content is very spare, containing only five elements:

  • "Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia" (Title)
  • "en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mockup" (URL)
  • "Cached / Similar" (Menu)
  • "Wikipedia ... is a free-access, free content ..." (Popup)
  • "In manufacturing and design, a mockup ..." (Snippet)

Static Mockup

Here's an approximate mockup of the entry, rendered in static HTML:

    Mockup - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mockup Sort table descending Wikipedia Sort table descending
    In manufacturing and design, a mockup, or mock-up, is a scale or full-size model of a design or device, used for teaching, demonstration, design evaluation, promotion, and other purposes. A mockup is a prototype if it provides at least part of the functionality of a system and enables testing of a design.

Ontiki

Ontiki needs basically the same elements:

    Mockup - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mockup   Wikipedia   |<   <<   <   5.00   >   >>   >|     v  

    In manufacturing and design, a mockup, or mock-up, is a scale or full-size model of a design or device, used for teaching, demonstration, design evaluation, promotion, and other purposes. A mockup is a prototype if it provides at least part of the functionality of a system and enables testing of a design.

As described in Presentation, each entry has a set of controls that allow the user to vote an entry up or down (in varying amounts). Following these, the "v" control allows the user to "drill down" into various information, e.g.:

  • What entries are related (and how) to this one?

  • What is the relationship filtering and weighting?


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Topic revision: r4 - 04 Jan 2015, RichMorin
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