Journal of Computer Science

Roundup of Graphical Navigation Helpers on the Web

Chabane Khentout, Mahieddine Djoudi and Lamri Douidi

DOI : 10.3844/jcssp.2007.154.161

Journal of Computer Science

Volume 3, Issue 3

Pages 154-161

Abstract

Despite the recent research, the Web remains mainly constituted of an ever-growing network of documents. As it becomes easier to publish documents, as the number of users and thus publishers, increases and as the number of documents grows, searching for information is turning into a cumbersome and time-consuming operation. Because of the loose interconnection between documents, people have difficulty remembering where they have been and returning to previously visited pages. Navigation through the web faces problems of locating oneself with respect to space and time. The idea of graphical assistance navigation is to help users to find their paths in hyperspace by adapting the style of link presentation to the goals, knowledge and other characteristics of an individual user. We first introduced the concepts related to web navigation; we then present an overview of different graphical navigation tools and techniques. We conclude by presenting a comparative table of these tools based on some pertinent criteria.

Copyright

© 2007 Chabane Khentout, Mahieddine Djoudi and Lamri Douidi. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.