Attribute gates

Ahmed N. Sulaiman, Patrick Olivier

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    Attribute gates are a new user interface element designed to address the problem of concurrently setting attributes and moving objects between territories on a digital tabletop. Motivated by the notion of task levels in activity theory, and crossing interfaces, attribute gates allow users to operationalize multiple subtasks in one smooth movement. We present two configurations of attribute gates; (1) grid gates which spatially distribute attribute values in a regular grid, and require users to draw trajectories through the attributes; (2) polar gates which distribute attribute values on segments of concentric rings, and require users to align segments when setting attribute combinations. The layout of both configurations was optimised based on targeting and steering laws derived from Fitts' Law. A study compared the use of attribute gates with traditional contextual menus. Users of attribute gates demonstrated both increased performance and higher mutual awareness.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationUIST 2008 - Proceedings of the 21st Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008
    EventACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology 2008 - Monterey, United States of America
    Duration: 19 Oct 200822 Oct 2008
    Conference number: 21st


    ConferenceACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology 2008
    Abbreviated titleUIST 2008
    CountryUnited States of America
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    • Crossing interfaces
    • Digital tabletops
    • Large interactive displays
    • Penbased input
    • Tabletop territories
    • User interface components.

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