The design and evaluation of an auditory-enhanced scrollbar

Brewster, S.A. , Wright, P.C. and Edwards, A.D.N. (1994) The design and evaluation of an auditory-enhanced scrollbar. In: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 24-28 April 1994, pp. 173-179. ISBN 0897916506 (doi:10.1145/191666.191733)



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A structured method is described for the analysis of interactions to identify situations where hidden information may exist and where non-speech sound might be used to overcome the associated problems. Interactions are considered in terms of events, status and modes to find any hidden information. This is then categorised in terms of the feedback needed to present it. An auditory-enhanced scrollbar, based on the method described, was then experimentally tested. Timing and error rates were used along with subjective measures of workload. Results from the experiment show a significant reduction in time to complete one task, a decrease in the mental effort required and an overall preference for the auditory-enhanced scrollbar.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Keywords:Auditory interfaces, multi-modal interfaces, earcons, sonification, auditory-enhanced widgets
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Brewster, Professor Stephen
Authors: Brewster, S.A., Wright, P.C., and Edwards, A.D.N.
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
Publisher:ACM Press
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 1994 ACM Press
First Published:First published in CHI '94 Conference Proceedings: Human Factors in Computing Systems: "Celebrating Interdependence", Boston, Massachusetts, USA, April 24-28, 1994
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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