Onebox: Free-Text Interfaces as an Alternative to Complex Web Forms

Kien Tjin-Kam-Jet, Rudolf Berend Trieschnigg, Djoerd Hiemstra

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This paper investigates the problem of translating free-text queries into key-value pairs as an alternative means for searching `behind' web forms. We introduce a novel specication language for specifying free-text interfaces, and report the results of a user study where we evaluated our prototype in a travel planner scenario. Our results show that users prefer this free-text interface over the original web form and that they are about 9% faster on average at completing their search tasks.
Original languageUndefined
Place of PublicationEnschede
PublisherCentre for Telematics and Information Technology (CTIT)
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameCTIT Technical Report Series
PublisherCentre for Telematics and Information Technology, University of Twente
ISSN (Print)1381-3625


  • Deep Web
  • Query reformulation
  • EWI-19307
  • Query translation
  • natural language interfaces
  • IR-75661
  • Query processing
  • structured data
  • CR-H.5.2
  • METIS-277490

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