Pure Text based interface for search.

27 Sep 2007 - 9:43am
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Won Sun Parque
2007

Hi all,

I am working on a mobile interface that provides a text-only interface. The
interaction is purely text-based. No images, no hyper links.

I am wondering if anyone has done a project similar to this and is there any
pattern or guideline for this type of interaction available?

As of now, the existing interface provides the summary of search result as a
numbered list, and the user types in the corresponding number of the desired
result to view more detail.

Thanks,

Won Sun Parque

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27 Sep 2007 - 9:53am
Ari
2006

look to the past for examples. back when i was in school, there was an
Internet - it just didn't have a GUI!
one could access content through WAIS and Gopher services reasonably well.
it's all reasonable considering that mobile devices basically have less
computing power of the average 1992 Amiga sans the custom video chips.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wide_area_information_server

On 9/27/07, Won Sun Parque <idmail at wonsun.com> wrote:
>
> Hi all,
>
> I am working on a mobile interface that provides a text-only interface.
> The
> interaction is purely text-based. No images, no hyper links.
>
> I am wondering if anyone has done a project similar to this and is there
> any
> pattern or guideline for this type of interaction available?
>
> As of now, the existing interface provides the summary of search result as
> a
> numbered list, and the user types in the corresponding number of the
> desired
> result to view more detail.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Won Sun Parque
>
>
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27 Sep 2007 - 1:06pm
Michael Micheletti
2006

Look also to the command line in Windows. Type "Help" to see a list of
topics. For any of the topics, type the command name followed by "/?" for
instance "xcopy /?". Telnet into a Unix or Linux console to see a similar
command line. Experiment with some of the safer commands to note conventions
used. You'll typically see a series of declarative parameters following a
command name. Many of the parameters can be written out in full or via a
single-character shortcut.

Although limited (no images, no hypertext, no format, etc) command lines are
scriptable and accepted (embraced even) by network and software development
engineers when used for system and network device configuration. The ability
to produce a repeatable configuration load from a script run at the command
line is a powerful tool for building virtual web servers, migrating router
configurations, and similar geeky enterprises.

Things to watch out for:
- Inconsistent parameter syntax (you can't enter "/?" at the
top-level command prompt for instance in Windows)
- Giant tangled command file scripts (take a look at a production router
config sometime to see this anti-pattern in action)

I hope this is helpful,

Michael Micheletti

On 9/27/07, Won Sun Parque <idmail at wonsun.com> wrote:
>
> Hi all,
>
> I am working on a mobile interface that provides a text-only interface.
> The
> interaction is purely text-based. No images, no hyper links.
>

27 Sep 2007 - 2:27pm
Morten Hjerde
2007

Hi!

Why do you want a text-only interface?

If you are looking for guidelines and don't have a very clear idea
of some particular advantage that text-only will bring, I would
suggest don't do it. Use a GUI instead, it will make your life a lot
easier :-)

Morten Hjerde
http://sender11.typepad.com

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