Examination of text-entry methods for tabletop displays

Uta Hinrichs*, Mark S. Hancock, Christopher Collins, Sheelagh Carpendale

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Abstract

Although text entry is a vital part of day-to-day computing familiar to most people, not much research has been done to enable text entry on large interactive tables. One might assume that a good approach would be to choose an existing technique known to be fast, ergonomic, and currently preferred by the general population, but there are many additional factors to consider in this specific domain. We consider a variety of existing text-entry methods and examine their viability for use on tabletop displays. We discuss these techniques not only in terms of their general characteristics, performance, and adoption, but introduce other evaluative criteria, including: environmental factors unique to large digital tables and the support for multi-user simultaneous interaction. Based on our analysis we illustrate by example how to choose appropriate text-entry methods for tabletop applications with differing requirements, whether by selection from existing methods, or through a combination of desirable elements from a variety of methods. Our criteria can also be used as heuristics during the iterative design of a completely new text-entry technique.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSecond Annual IEEE International Workshop on Horizontal Interactive Human-Computer Systems, 2007. TABLETOP '07
PublisherIEEE
Pages105-112
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780769520131
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2007
EventSecond Annual IEEE International Workshop on Horizontal Interactive Human-Computer Systems, 2007. TABLETOP '07 - Newport, RI , United States
Duration: 10 Oct 200712 Oct 2007

Workshop

WorkshopSecond Annual IEEE International Workshop on Horizontal Interactive Human-Computer Systems, 2007. TABLETOP '07
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNewport, RI
Period10/10/0712/10/07

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