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Charles Lamont

Bio: Charles Lamont is an academic researcher from Teesside University. The author has contributed to research in topics: Interface metaphor & Metaphor. The author has an hindex of 2, co-authored 2 publications receiving 18 citations.

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01 Jul 1994
TL;DR: The universality of the book metaphor within modern culture and its relevance to many of the cognitive tasks involved in information delivery applications have provided the primary motivation for the adoption of this metaphor in much of the authors' work.
Abstract: Much of the success of iconic interfaces has occurred within application domains in which a consistent metaphor can be maintained. However, this approach can prove problematic when icons are designed for cross-cultural applications-where a generic metaphor can often prove elusive. Even when a suitable metaphor can be found the problem remains of developing icons (within a given metaphorical framework) for all the functionality that may be required. Within certain application domains this difficulty has been overcome by means of the parallel use of more than one metaphor. This is certainly true of iconic interfaces to information delivery applications (where ‘book’ and ‘travel’ metaphors are relatively common). The universality of the book metaphor within modern culture and its relevance to many of the cognitive tasks involved in information delivery applications have provided the primary motivation for our adoption of this metaphor in much of our work. However, we have also used multiple metaphor...

12 citations

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TL;DR: A number of basic page structure models which can be applied to the design of electronic books are discussed and it is possible to design effective and efficient knowledge and information transfer mechanisms for use in teaching and training applications.
Abstract: SUMMARY Multimedia and hypermedia electronic books can be used to provide information presentation environments of considerable pedagogic richness. However, the design and fabrication of such books requires the application of well‐founded models and design guidelines. This paper describes and discusses a number of basic page structure models which can be applied to the design of electronic books. Using these models it is possible to design effective and efficient knowledge and information transfer mechanisms for use in teaching and training applications. Some case studies illustrating the use of these models are then presented.

8 citations


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TL;DR: This bibliography brings together all bibliographic references of the published literature on electronic books (e-books) and related technologies in one source so that it will save time for others in conducting literature searches and reviewing the developments.
Abstract: Purpose – The purpose is to bring together all bibliographic references of the published literature on electronic books (e-books) and related technologies in one source so that it will save time for others in conducting literature searches and reviewing the developments. Design/methodology/approach – The information included in this bibliography is collected systematically from all the published sources in the world such as journal articles, conference papers, conference proceedings, books, reports and PhD theses on e-books until the last quarter of 2004. Mainly it covers e-books, e-books publishing, the impact of e-books on different types of users, e-book publishing techniques and trends, e-book user interfaces and other technologies related to e-publications. Findings – As computer usage continues to grow exponentially, the desire of users to use electronic publications (e-publications) has also increased tremendously. This has led to the publication of materials in electronic form as e-publications on both CD-ROMs and web. The e-book is one of the several forms of e-publications and its popularity has been growing steadily for the past decade. Originality/value – This bibliography will be useful to all researchers conducting research in any areas related to e-books and e-book publishing.

36 citations

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TL;DR: The study found that students tended to employ inefficient search strategies and experienced difficulty in creating search requests for information related problems.
Abstract: Students' success with interactive information systems (IIS) such as those found in many CD-ROM applications depends to large degree on their capacity accurately to choose and apply search strategies in response to information needs. IIS systems provide many ways to retrieve information, with some methods being more efficient and effective than others. The purpose of this study was to investigate the search strategies employed by novice users of an IIS system and to analyse the problems and issues that were impediments to successful use. A class of 12 year old students was instructed in the use of an electronic encyclopaedia. The students used the encyclopaedia as an information source for individual projects and on completion their information skills tested and analysed. The study found that students tended to employ inefficient search strategies and experienced difficulty in creating search requests for information related problems.

26 citations

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TL;DR: Investigation of student activity and performance revealed that students had little difficulty in using the Mammals CD ROM multimedia encyclopedia as an information source, and students demonstrated a capacity to analyse the multimedia sources and to gather relevant information from them.
Abstract: Summary The purpose of this study was to investigate the capacity of young students to extract meaningful information from non‐text based sources when using a hypermedia package in an inquiry activity. Instructions and directions were given to the children and they were encouraged to use the non‐text sources. Observation of student activity and performance revealed that students had little difficulty in using the Mammals CD ROM multimedia encyclopedia as an information source. All students demonstrated a capacity to analyse the multimedia sources and to gather relevant information from them. There were differing levels of analysis shown by students. This was caused more by the forms of information required in projects than an incapacity to use the multimedia sources.

25 citations

01 Aug 2000
TL;DR: This paper describes some of the issues that arose during the design of an iconic search tool aimed at children aged 5—6.
Abstract: Use of the Internet, in particular searching the Internet, is becoming an essential part of school education at all levels. In particular, in the UK it is part of the National Curriculum, which must be taught to all children at state schools. However, for the youngest children text-based searches are difficult or impossible to use as the children are only starting to read and write fluently. For such children visual and iconic interfaces are essential. However, the metaphors and icons that are appropriate for adults are not necessarily easy for children to recognise and understand. This paper describes some of the issues that arose during the design of an iconic search tool aimed at children aged 5—6.

23 citations

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01 Jul 2007
TL;DR: Aprioristic quality criteria of interface and visualization metaphors are suggested to allow evaluating as existing metaphors and to search for adequate metaphors for designing new specialized systems.
Abstract: The paper is devoted to problems of computer metaphors, such as Interface metaphor and Visualization metaphor. Interface metaphor is considered as the basic idea of likening between interactive objects and model objects of the application domain. A visualization metaphor is defined as a map establishing the correspondence between concepts and objects of the application domain under modeling and a system of some similarities and analogies. This map generates a set of views and a set of methods for communication with visual objects. Some positions of the metaphor theory are discussed. Concept of metaphor action is suggested.. "Formula" of metaphor is constructed. A set of examples of metaphor was analyzed. Aprioristic quality criteria of interface and visualization metaphors are suggested. These criteria allow evaluating as existing metaphors and to search for adequate metaphors for designing new specialized systems.

15 citations