Publication: A Comparison of Navigation Techniques across Different Types of Off-Screen Navigation Tasks

In many systems such as PDAs, users access data through a limited viewport. This means that users have to frequently navigate to regions that are off-screen to view important content. Many techniques exist for moving to off-screen regions; However, none of these have been evaluated across a range of different types of off-screen tasks. In this video, we demonstrate the effectiveness of several major off-screen navigation techniques across a variety of tasks. We also include two newly developed techniques - WinHop and Multiscale Zoom - that were based on complementary features of existing systems. Our results suggest that integrating complementary properties from different approaches can significantly improve performance on a wide range of off-screen navigation tasks.

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G. Partridge Mahtab Nezhadasl
Pourang Irani Carl Gutwin
University of Saskatchewan

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Partridge, G., Nezhadasl, M., Irani, P., Gutwin, C. 2007. A Comparison of Navigation Techniques across Different Types of Off-Screen Navigation Tasks. In Proceedings of the IFIP Conference on HCI (Interact), 716-721. DOI=10.1007/978-3-540-74800-7_98.

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@inproceedings {468-a-comparison-of-navigation,
author= {G. Partridge and Mahtab Nezhadasl and Pourang Irani and Carl Gutwin},
title= {A Comparison of Navigation Techniques across Different Types of Off-Screen Navigation Tasks},
booktitle= {Proceedings of the IFIP Conference on HCI (Interact)},
year= {2007},
pages= {716-721}
}