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Conference Papers Year : 2008

Mélange: Space Folding for Multi-Focus Interaction

Niklas Elmqvist
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Nathalie Henry
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Yann Riche
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Interaction and navigation in large geometric spaces typically require a sequence of pan and zoom actions. This strategy is often ineffective and cumbersome, especially when trying to study several distant objects. We propose a new distortion technique that folds the intervening space to guarantee visibility of multiple focus regions. The folds themselves show contextual information and support unfolding and paging interactions. Compared to previous work, our method provides more context and distance awareness. We conducted a study comparing the space-folding technique to existing approaches, and found that participants performed significantly better with the new technique.
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inria-00273804 , version 1 (16-04-2008)



Niklas Elmqvist, Nathalie Henry, Yann Riche, Jean-Daniel Fekete. Mélange: Space Folding for Multi-Focus Interaction. CHI '08: Proceeding of the twenty-sixth annual SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems, ACM, Apr 2008, Florence, Italy. pp.1333-1342, ⟨10.1145/1357054.1357263⟩. ⟨inria-00273804⟩
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