WEST: a Web Browser for Small Terminals

Staffan Bjork*, Lars Erik Holmquist, Johan Redstrom, Ivan Bretan, Rolf Danielsson, Jussi Karlgren, Kristofer Franzen

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We describe WEST, a WEb browser for Small Terminals, that aims to solve some of the problems associated with accessing web pages on hand-held devices. Through a novel combination of text reduction and focus+context visualization, users can access web pages from a very limited display environment, since the system will provide an overview of the contents of a web page even when it is too large to be displayed in its entirety. To make maximum use of the limited resources available on a typical hand-held terminal, return of the most demanding work is done by a proxy server, allowing the terminal to concentrate on the task of providing responsive user interaction. The system makes use of some interaction concepts reminiscent of those defined in the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP), making it possible to utilize the techniques described here for WAP compliant devices and services that may become available in the near future.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUIST '99 Proceedings of the 12th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)1-58113-075-9
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 1999
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1999 12th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST '99) - Ashville, NC, USA
Duration: 7 Nov 199910 Nov 1999


ConferenceProceedings of the 1999 12th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST '99)
CityAshville, NC, USA


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