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Multi-Flick: An Evaluation of Flick-Based Scrolling Techniques for Pen Interfaces

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.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1357054.1357319

Dzmitry Aliakseyeu, Pourang Irani, Andrés Lucero and Sriram Subramanian. 2008. Multi-Flick: An Evaluation of Flick-Based Scrolling Techniques for Pen Interfaces. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '08), 1689-1698.

Bibtext Entry

@INPROCEEDINGS { aliakseyeu08,
    AUTHOR = { Dzmitry Aliakseyeu and Pourang Irani and Andrés Lucero and Sriram Subramanian },
    TITLE = { Multi-Flick: An Evaluation of Flick-Based Scrolling Techniques for Pen Interfaces },
    BOOKTITLE = { Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '08) },
    YEAR = { 2008 },
    PAGES = { 1689--1698 },
    DOI = { 10.1145/1357054.1357319 },
}

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Pourang Irani

Pourang Irani

Professor
Canada Research Chair

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