Astronomical Uses of Flex/Javascript Integration for Search Visualization

Dower, Theresa

Self-contained Adobe Flex/Actionscript applications have recently become a successful part of STScI's archive search toolset by providing visualization capabilities not previously viable in a browser environment. From this success, the obvious next step has been to integrate the Flex/Actionscript framework into AJAX-based web search applications that could benefit from added visualization elements. We present two such applications: a hierarchical vocabulary-based navigator for published papers and their referenced data, and the upcoming footprint visualization tool as integrated into the Hubble Legacy Archive search website.

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