International Journal of Man-Machine Studies, 24, 1, 29-45.
This paper reports on an experiment which was conducted to examine
relative merits of using a mouse or arrow-jump keys to select text in an
interactive enclyclopedia. Timed path traversals were performed by subjects
using each device, and were followed by subjective questions. Personality and
background of the subjects were recorded to see if those attributes would
affect device preference and performance. The arrow-jump keys were found to
have the quickest traversal times for paths with either short or long target
distances. The subjective responses indicated that the arrow-jump method was
overwhelmingly preferred over the mouse method. Personality type was not
found to play a critical role.