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ManiWordle: Providing Flexible Control over Wordle
November/December 2010 (vol. 16 no. 6)
pp. 1190-1197
Kyle Koh, Seoul National University
Bongshin Lee, Microsoft Research
Bohyoung Kim, Seoul National University
Jinwook Seo, Seoul National University
Among the multifarious tag-clouding techniques, Wordle stands out to the community by providing an aesthetic layout, eliciting the emergence of the participatory culture and usage of tag-clouding in the artistic creations. In this paper, we introduce ManiWordle, a Wordle-based visualization tool that revamps interactions with the layout by supporting custom manipulations. ManiWordle allows people to manipulate typography, color, and composition not only for the layout as a whole, but also for the individual words, enabling them to have better control over the layout result. We first describe our design rationale along with the interaction techniques for tweaking the layout. We then present the results both from the preliminary usability study and from the comparative study between ManiWordle and Wordle. The results suggest that ManiWordle provides higher user satisfaction and an efficient method of creating the desired "art work," harnessing the power behind the ever-increasing popularity of Wordle.

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Index Terms:
Interaction design, direct manipulation, flexibilty-usability tradeoff, tag-cloud, participatory visualization, user study.
Kyle Koh, Bongshin Lee, Bohyoung Kim, Jinwook Seo, "ManiWordle: Providing Flexible Control over Wordle," IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, vol. 16, no. 6, pp. 1190-1197, Nov.-Dec. 2010, doi:10.1109/TVCG.2010.175
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