A Field Experiment of Spatially-Stable Overviews for Document Navigation

論文URL:http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=3025453.3025905

論文アブストラクト:Finding (and re-finding) locations in text documents is a common activity for most computer users -- but tools for document navigation are still limited in many ways. Previous research has shown that a spatially-stable overview of the entire document can be substantially faster than any other navigation technique -- particularly when revisiting previous locations. However, the overview technique has only been tested in a limited laboratory study, so little is known about whether it works in more realistic contexts. To answer this question, we developed a PDF viewer that incorporates several document-navigation techniques, and carried out two studies. First, we ran a field experiment in which users carried out search tasks using an overview and other techniques -- on their own computers in a non-laboratory environment. Second, we ran a smaller field study in which people used our viewer (with choice of navigation techniques) for their own PDF tasks. In the field experiment, the overview was significantly and substantially faster than other techniques, and in the field study, the technique was frequently used for a wide variety of documents. Our work provides confirmation of the value of spatially stable overviews as a basis for document navigation.

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テキスト文書内の特定の場所の発見と再訪問は,同じものが何度も登場する場合困難である.スクロールのみ,スクロール+サムネイル画像,オーバービューで探索時間を比較し,ページ数が多い場合オーバービューが有効であることを示した.

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