Piles, tabs and overlaps in navigation among documents

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Navigation among documents is a frequent, but ill supported activity. Overlapping or tabbed documents are widespread, but they offer limited visibility of their content. We explore variations on navigation support: arranging documents with tabs, as overlapping windows, and in piles. In an experiment we compared 11 participants’ navigation with these variations and found strong task effects. Overall, overlapping windows were preferred and their structured layout worked well with some tasks. Surprisingly, tabbed documents were efficient in tasks requiring simply finding a document. Piled documents worked well for tasks that involved visual features of the documents, but the utility of recency or stable ordering of documents was task dependent. Based on the results, we discuss the effects of spatial arrangement, visibility, and task-dependency, and suggest areas for future research on document navigation and its support by piling.
TitelProceedings of the 6th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction : extending boundaries
Antal sider10
ForlagAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Trykt)978-1-60558-934-3
StatusUdgivet - 2010
Begivenhed6th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: extending boundaries - Reykjavik, Island
Varighed: 16 okt. 201020 okt. 2010
Konferencens nummer: 6


Konference6th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction

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