Brewster, S.A. (1998) Using earcons to improve the usability of tool palettes. In: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 18-23 April 1998, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/286498.286775
This paper describes an experiment to investigate the effectiveness of adding sound to tool palettes. Palette shave usability problems because users need to see the information they present but they are often outside the area of visual focus. Non-speech sounds called earcons were used to indicate the current tool and tool changes so that users could tell what tool was in use, wherever they were looking. Experimental results showed a significant reduction in the number of tasks performed with the wrong tool. Users knew what the current tool was and did not try to perform tasks with the wrong one.
|Item Type:||Conference Proceedings|
|Glasgow Author(s):||Brewster, Prof Stephen|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science|
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
|College/School:||College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science|
|Copyright Holders:||Copyright © 1998 ACM Press|
|First Published:||First published in Human factors in computing systems: CHI 98 summary, Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems|
|Publisher Policy:||Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher|