What's the name of this widget?
July 14, 2008 12:47 PM Subscribe
You know the little draggable overview map in Google Maps? What's that kind of UI control called?
posted by rodii to computers & internet (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
They're pretty common: the Navigation Palette in Photoshop is the first one I remember encountering. It's a small window with a thumbnail view of a larger chunk of a document (maybe the whole document), with a little rectangle representing the area displayed in the larger window. In Google Maps it's at the lower right (honest, it's there, just click on the arrow); in Photoshop it's a separate palette.
What am looking for is (a) what that kind of widget is called in general (so I can google for more info) and (b) any discussions in the UI or HCI literature with guidelines, best practices, that sort of thing. Thanks!