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Pointing and Beyond: an Operationalization and Preliminary Evaluation of Multi-scale Searching

Emmanuel Pietriga
Caroline Appert
Michel Beaudouin-Lafon

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A number of experimental studies based on domain-specific tasks have evaluated the efficiency of navigation techniques for searching multi-scale worlds. The discrepancies among their results call for a more generic framework similar in spirit to Fitts' reciprocal pointing task, but adapted to a task that significantly differs from pure pointing. We introduce such a framework based on an abstract task and evaluate how four multi-scale navigation techniques perform in one particular multi-scale world configuration. Experimental findings indicate that, in this context, pan & zoom combined with an overview is the most efficient technique of all four, and that focus + context techniques perform better than classical pan & zoom. We relate these findings to more realistic situations, discuss their applicability, and how the framework can be used to cover a broad range of situations.
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inria-00158867 , version 1 (30-06-2007)

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Emmanuel Pietriga, Caroline Appert, Michel Beaudouin-Lafon. Pointing and Beyond: an Operationalization and Preliminary Evaluation of Multi-scale Searching. CHI '07: Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human Factors in computing systems, Apr 2007, San Jose, CA, United States. ⟨10.1145/1240624.1240808⟩. ⟨inria-00158867⟩
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