Multi-flick : an evaluation of flick-based scrolling techniques for pen interfaces

D. Aliakseyeu, P. Irani, A.A. Lucero Vera, S. Subramanian

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    Multi-flick, which consists of repeated flick actions, has received media attention as an intuitive and natural document-scrolling technique for stylus based systems. In this paper we put multi-flick to test, by designing several flickbased scrolling techniques. We map out the design space of multi-flick and identify mapping functions that make multiflick a natural and intuitive technique for document navigation. We then compare several multi-flick variations for navigating lists on three different devices - a PDA, a tabletPC, and a large table. Our study shows that compoundmulti-flick (CMF) is the most preferred technique and it is at least as fast, if not faster than the traditional scrollbar. In a follow-up study, we evaluate multi-flick for scrolling text-based documents. Results show that all implementations of multi-flick are as good as the scrollbar for short distances while CMF is the most preferred. We discuss the implications of our findings and present several design guidelines. Copyright 2008 ACM.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the conference on human factors in computing systems, April 5-10, 2008, Florence, Italy
    EditorsM. Burnett, M.F. Constabile
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
    ISBN (Print)978-1-60558-011-1
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    Event26th Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2008 - Florence, Italy
    Duration: 5 Apr 200810 Apr 2008
    Conference number: 26


    Conference26th Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2008
    Abbreviated titleCHI 2008
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