Pen-Based Gestures: An Approach to Reducing Screen Clutter in Mobile Computing

Mark Nicholson, Paul Vickers

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Mobile computing is an area of high growth despite having some serious design issues. It is difficult to increase the size of the screen because of the device’s physical constraints. Consequently, as mobile applications have incorporated more functionality, screen clutter has increased. One method of reducing clutter is to remove visual controls and use pen-based gestures instead. We describe a cinema listing application for a Palm OS device that implements pen-based gestures as the main input method. Two methods are used to communicate the options available on each screen: audio cues and small visual prompts. Preliminary results suggest that buttons can be removed from the screen without detriment to task accuracy or user performance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMobile Human-Computer Interaction - Mobile HCI 2004, 6th International Symposium, Glasgow, UK, September 13-16, 2004, Proceedings
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages541
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-23086-1
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Event6th International Symposium Mobile Human-Computer Interaction - Glasgow, UK
Duration: 1 Jan 2004 → …

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science


Conference6th International Symposium Mobile Human-Computer Interaction
Period1/01/04 → …


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