A Comparison of Navigation Techniques Across Different Types of Off-Screen Navigation Tasks

  • Grant Partridge
  • Mahtab Nezhadasl
  • Pourang Irani
  • Carl Gutwin
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4663)


In many systems such as PDAs, users access data through a limited viewport. This means that users have to frequently navigate to regions that are off-screen to view important content. Many techniques exist for moving to off-screen regions; However, none of these have been evaluated across a range of different types of off-screen tasks. In this video, we demonstrate the effectiveness of several major off-screen navigation techniques across a variety of tasks. We also include two newly developed techniques – WinHop and Multiscale Zoom – that were based on complementary features of existing systems. Our results suggest that integrating complementary properties from different approaches can significantly improve performance on a wide range of off-screen navigation tasks.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Grant Partridge
    • 1
  • Mahtab Nezhadasl
    • 1
  • Pourang Irani
    • 1
  • Carl Gutwin
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Manitoba, Computer ScienceCanada
  2. 2.University of Saskatchewan, Computer ScienceCanada

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