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Faster Document Navigation with Space-Filling Thumbnails

Cockburn, Andy and Gutwin, Carl and Alexander, Jason (2006) Faster Document Navigation with Space-Filling Thumbnails. In: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. CHI '06 . ACM, New York, NY, USA, pp. 1-10. ISBN 1-59593-372-7

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Abstract

Scrolling is the standard way to navigate through many types of digital documents. However, moving more than a few pages can be slow because all scrolling techniques constrain visual search to only a small document region. To improve document navigation, we developed Space-Filling Thumbnails (SFT), an overview display that eliminates most scrolling. SFT provides two views: a standard page view for reading, and a thumbnail view that shows all pages. We tested SFT in three experiments that involved finding pages in documents. The first study (n=13) compared seven current scrolling techniques, and showed that SFT is significantly faster than the other methods. The second and third studies (n=32 and n=14) were detailed comparisons of SFT with thumbnail-enhanced scrollbars (TES), which performed well in the first experiment. SFT was faster than TES across all document types and lengths, particularly when tasks involved revisitation. In addition, SFT was strongly preferred by participants.

Item Type: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
Uncontrolled Keywords: Document navigation ; Scrolling ; Thumbnails ; Zooming
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
ID Code: 50097
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 28 Sep 2011 10:07
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2012 09:02
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/50097

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