On Magic Features in (Spatial) Metaphors

“Every computer system creates the illusion of a virtual world containing objects to manipulate. This is especially true in modern graphical user interface

“Every computer system creates the illusion of a virtual world containing objects to manipulate. This is especially true in modern graphical user interfaces. In some systems this virtual world, defined by the user interface metaphor, is made explicit in others it is not. Explicit spatial metaphors allow users to transfer navigational skills developed in the domain from which the metaphor is drawn, but constraints of the metaphor may limit the efficiency of the user interface. To overcome these constraints magic features can be introduced that go beyond the spatial metaphor.”


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Date:
November 23, 2016
Author:
XPLANE