2lip: The step towards the web3d

Abstract

The World Wide Web allows users to create and publish a variety of resources, including multimedia ones. Most of the contemporary best practices for designing web interfaces, however, do not take into account the 3D techniques. In this paper we present a novel approach for designing interactive web applications – 2-Layer Interface Paradigm (2LIP). The background layer of the 2LIP-type user interface is a 3D scene, which a user cannot directly interact with. The foreground layer is HTML content. Only taking an action on this content (e.g. pressing a hyperlink, scrolling a page) can affect the 3D scene. we worked out a new way for designing interactive 3D web applications- 2-Layer Interface Paradigm (2LIP). 2. 2LIP Some web designers dream about building interfaces that approach the richness of three-dimensional reality. They believe that the closer the interfaces are to the real world, the easier it will be to use them. Nevertheless, user studies proved that complex and disorienting navigation and annoying occlusions can slow performance in 3D interfaces [2,3]. We introduce a reference implementation of 2LIP: Copernicus – The Virtual 3D Encyclopedia, which shows one of the potential paths of the evolution of Wikipedia towards Web 3.0. Based on the evaluation of Copernicus we prove that designing web interfaces according to 2LIP provides users a better browsing experience, without harming the interaction

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