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Map-Based Navigation in a Graphical MOO

Schafer, Wendy A. and Bowman, Doug A. and Carroll, John M. (2001) Map-Based Navigation in a Graphical MOO. Technical Report TR-01-08, Computer Science, Virginia Tech.

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Traditional MUDs and MOOs lack support for global wareness and simple navigation. These problems can be addressed by the introduction of a map-based navigation tool. In this paper we report on the design and evaluation of such a tool for MOOsburg, a graphical 2D MOO based on the town of Blacksburg, Virginia. The tool supports exploration and place-based tasks in the MOO. It also allows navigation of a large-scale map and encourages users to develop survey knowledge of the town. An evaluation revealed some initial usability problems with our prototype and suggested new design ideas that may better support users. Using these results, the lessons learned about map-based navigation are presented.

Item Type:Departmental Technical Report
Keywords:map-based navigation, collaborative virtual environments, awareness, fisheye views, focus+context techniques
Subjects:Computer Science > Human Computer Interaction
ID Code:532
Deposited By:User, Eprints
Deposited On:21 May 2002