Zoomable Tree (a quicker way to navigate a tree)

jerols's Avatar, Join Date: May 2007
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Recently I had an idea about a way to navigate through a tree that is quicker than the typical outliner. So over the past few days I did a javascript/prototype/scriptaculous implementation of the idea. Personally, I like the result, but before I spend more time on perfecting it and making it work on Internet Explorer, I would like to get opinions.

View an example here .
It doesn't work in Internet Explorer at the moment.

Is it a good/bad idea? I wrote the code pretty quick so there are probably some bugs and room for improvement in the implementation. If you see any obvious things, you can mention them here.
shabbir's Avatar, Join Date: Jul 2004
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So whats your point?

Also you have better thing provided in the Google reader. Check it out.
jerols's Avatar, Join Date: May 2007
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Originally Posted by shabbir
So whats your point?

Also you have better thing provided in the Google reader. Check it out.
This is an example of a Zoomable tree, a concept that I have been working on. It is an interface that I am thinking about implementing in a web application but before I work on it a lot more I want to get opinions from the developer community about wether the concept is a good/bad idea. It does the same thing as an outliner but in a slightly different way. The point is to try to make navigating and using a tree faster and more efficient.

I checked out Google Reader. What part of it are you talking about? I couldn't find anything similar.

Thanks for the reply.
shabbir's Avatar, Join Date: Jul 2004
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The view has something like what you have it as zoomable but your page just shakes too much.
jerols's Avatar, Join Date: May 2007
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Originally Posted by shabbir
The view has something like what you have it as zoomable but your page just shakes too much.
Are you talking about in the list view, when you click an item it expands it?

If so, what I'm trying to accomplish is a little different. Google is expanding a list item to show it's contents. I'm trying to find a way to navigate a tree in a faster and more efficient way than the typical outliner.

The page shouldn't shake. What browser are you using?

Thanks for all the input.
shabbir's Avatar, Join Date: Jul 2004
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FF. I don't have the CAM studio or I could have shown you that.
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FF. I don't have the CAM studio or I could have shown you that.
Hmmm... I tried it on FF2 on mac and FF1 on windows and I didn't see any shaking. What is it like? Does it shake from right to left or top to bottom?

Thanks for all your help.
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