HCIL-87-09

Selection devices for users of an electronic encyclopedia: an empirical comparison of four possibilities
Ostroff, D., Shneiderman, B.
Sept. 1987
Information Processing & Management, vol. 24, 6, 665-680.
HCIL-87-09, CS-TR-1910, CAR-TR-321
This study measured the speed, error rates, and subjective evaluation of arrow-jump keys, a jump-mouse, number keys, and a touch screen in an interactive encyclopedia. A summary of previous studies comparing selection devices and strategies is presented to provide the background for this study. We found the touch screen to be the fastest in time, the least accurate, but the overall favorite of the participants. The results are discussed and improvements are suggested accordingly.
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