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Dr. Shrivatsa Desai, a physician from England has sent a four page letter of admiration of Kamat's Potpourri. Wow!
With his permission, I am providing it online. It is in Kannada langauge and is titled
"My Affair with Kamat's Potpourri".
It is so good to be loved!
I am always looking for ways to provide innovative navigational tools to
maneuver through forests of digital content. A search engine like Google is
great when you are looking with something in mind, but my research has indicated
that on numerous occasions, the surfers are looking just to browse without
looking for a particular thing -- like you would read a magazine or newspaper --
you do not know what article or picture you are going to read. You can call it
The HighWire site at Stanford University has this
navigator (Java required) which I thought was very cool and wanted to
implement one for Kamat's Potpourri. But a reviewer quickly pointed out the
large number of clicks necessary to drill-down to a subject topic.
There used to be a site called Links2Go (no longer existent) which had an
amazing ability to navigate to related content.
KartOO is another very interesting
interface that uses Flash for complex navigation, but has the same problem --
too many clicks required to locate a page of interest.
Perhaps an optimal solution is using a little bit of both -- some contents you discover by searching, and some contents you discover by accident (browsing).
See my prototype of Kamat Content Explorer that provides navigation by keywords, dates, mediatypes, and titles. I want to add exploration by time-periods (19th century, 20th century etc), by geography, and by authors. I solilicit ideas to navigate through India Index a new product we are building.
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Thursday, June 10, 2004|
Last Modified: 6/13/2004 11:10:41 PM