Improving menu placement strategies for pen input

Mark S. Hancock and Kellogg S. Booth. In Graphics Interface 2004, pp. 221-230, 2004.

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We investigate menu selection in circular and rectangular pop-up menus using stylus-driven direct input on horizontal and vertical display surfaces. An experiment measured performance in a target acquisition task in three different conditions: direct input on a horizontal display surface, direct input on a vertical display and indirect input to a vertical display. The third condition allows comparison of direct and indirect techniques commonly used for vertical displays. The results of the study show that both left-handed and right-handed users demonstrate a consistent, but mirrored pattern of selection times that is corroborated by qualitative measures of user preference. We describe a menu placement strategy for a tabletop display that detects the handedness of the user and displays rectangular pop-up menus. This placement is based on the results of our study.

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@INPROCEEDINGS { hancock:2004:improvinga,
    AUTHOR = { Mark S. Hancock and Kellogg S. Booth },
    TITLE = { Improving menu placement strategies for pen input },
    BOOKTITLE = { Graphics Interface 2004 },
    YEAR = { 2004 },
    PAGES = { 221--230 },
    ADDRESS = { School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada },
    PUBLISHER = { Canadian Human-Computer Communications Society },
    ISBN = { 1-56881-227-2 },
    LOCATION = { London, Ontario, Canada },