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Two images are used for presentation. One shows a rough overview of the complete information space and neglects details. The other one shows a small portion of the information space and visualizes details. Both images are either shown sequentially or in parallel.
Overview + detail provides multiple views, with the first being an overview : providing overall patterns to users
[Zhu, Bin et Hsinchun, Chen. 2005, p. 155]

An overview+detail interface design is characterized by the simultaneous display of both an overview and detailed view of an information space, each in a distinct presentation space.
[Cockburn, Karlson and Bederson, 2008]


  • [Zhu, Bin et Hsinchun, Chen. 2005]. Information Visualization. Annual review of information science and technology 39,1, 139-177
  • [Andy Cockburn, K. Karlson and Benjamin B. Bederson], A review of overview+detail, zooming, and focus+context interfaces


  • Overview+Detail
  • Overview and Detail

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