A Unified Interface for Visual and Interactive Web Search

O. Hoeber and X.D. Yang (Canada)


Web search, user interface, interactive query refinement, in teractive search results exploration.


The interfaces used by the top Web search engines have changed very little since the early days of Web search. These interfaces follow the traditional model of informa tion retrieval in which users first formulate their queries and then evaluate the search results. Little support is provided for the users’ tasks of crafting and refining their queries, and subsequently exploring the search results. In this pa per, we describe HotMap+WordBars, a next-generation in teractive Web search interface that allows users to take an active role in their Web search tasks through visual explo ration and manipulation features.

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