Navigation History as a Tree

HistoryTree.pngWhen I am browsing electronic texts I tend to follow a lot of rabbit trails. One of my frustrations with web browsers and other hyperlinked systems is that my navigation history is a straight line. I can follow links from A to B to C to D, but if I back up to C and follow an alternate link to E, the system forgets that I was at D.

Real world browsing involves following lots of parallel paths, and this is especially true in Bible study, where you want to follow lots of cross references on a single theme, each of which may lead you to other ideas, without losing track of where you started.

The next release of the Libronix Digital Library System records all of your navigation and can present it as a tree, not just a list. So while Back and Forward work just as they always have, if you want to revisit one of the branches your study took earlier in your session, you can open the History Dialog and find it quickly.

(The History Dialog is already available as part of the Libronix DLS v2.2 Alpha.)

I am excited about the new History Dialog not just because it is a feature I have wanted for a long time, but because it is representative of the innovation in the Libronix Digital Library System. To the best of my knowledge, this is one of the first visual tools for navigating your browsing history in any hypertext system. (A similar feature was added to one web browser just weeks ago, and it has been suggested for others.)

We are not content to simply apply the established technologies and interfaces to Bible study tools – we want to be on the cutting edge with new and better solutions.

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3 Responses to “Navigation History as a Tree”

  1. Joe Kreifels September 20, 2005 at 7:20 am #

    Bob, I like the way this works. I like the ability to view all threads and click on any of them to take me right back where i was. Having this in a visual image is great. There is a website that provides this same feature for using a Thesaurus. Have you seen “www.visualthesaurus.com/online”. This would be a nice feature to use with displaying Greek word definitions. Thanks for doing a great work!

  2. Wayne Penner September 20, 2005 at 8:55 am #

    Is there an estimated date for the new Libronix release?
    Wayne

  3. Bob Pritchett September 20, 2005 at 10:34 pm #

    I’m sorry, but we don’t have a date for the new release. We are working on our estimating skills, but they aren’t there yet, and we’d rather give no date than one that’s sure to be wrong….