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Comergent Technologies

William York is co-founder Chief Technology Officer of Comergent Technologies, an enterprise software company. Comergent provides high-end eBusiness software to customers such as Cisco, Intel, Best Buy and DuPont. Prior to Comergent he was a co-fouunder of Inxight, a company spun out of Xerox PARC to commercialize information retrieval and visualization technologies developed at the lab. While at PARC he worked for Stu Card in the User Interface Research group on advanced web visualization technologies including the Web Forager. He was a co-author of papers on this research and received two patents as a result of the work.


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Card, Stuart K., Robertson, George G. and York, William (1996): The WebBook and the Web Forager: An Information Workspace for the World-Wide Web. In: Tauber, Michael J., Bellotti, Victoria, Jeffries, Robin, Mackinlay, Jock D. and Nielsen, Jakob (eds.) Proceedings of the ACM CHI 96 Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference April 14-18, 1996, Vancouver, Canada. pp. 111-117. http://www.acm.org/sigchi/chi96/proceedings/papers/Card/skc1txt.html

The World-Wide Web has achieved global connectivity stimulating the transition of computers from knowledge processors to knowledge sources. But the Web and its client software are seriously deficient for supporting users' interactive use of this information. This paper presents two related designs with which to evolve the Web and its clients. The first is the WebBook, a 3D interactive book of HTML pages. The WebBook allows rapid interaction with objects at a higher level of aggregation than pages. The second is the Web Forager, an application that embeds the WebBook and other objects in a hierarchical 3D workspace. Both designs are intended as exercises to play off against analytical studies of information workspaces.

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McKay, Scott, York, William and McMahon, Michael (1989): A Presentation Manager Based on Application Semantics. In: Sibert, John L. (ed.) Proceedings of the 2nd annual ACM SIGGRAPH symposium on User interface software and technology November 13 - 15, 1989, Williamsburg, Virginia, United States. pp. 141-148.

We describe a system for associating the user interface entities of an application with their underlying semantic objects. The associations are classified by arranging the user interface entities in a type lattice in an object-oriented fashion. The interactive behavior of the application is described by defining application operations in terms of methods on the types in the type lattice. This scheme replaces the usual "active region" interaction model, and allows application interfaces to be specified directly in terms of the objects of the application itself. We discuss the benefits of this system and some of the difficulties we encountered.

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