Efficient web browsing with a single-switch

Sitbon, Laurianne, Wong, Oscar, & Brereton, Margot (2014) Efficient web browsing with a single-switch. In OZCHI 2014 Designing Futures: The Future of Design, 2-5 December 2014, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.


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This paper presents a new approach to web browsing in situ- ations where the user can only provide the device with a sin- gle input command device (switch). Switches have been de- veloped for example for people with locked-in syndrome and are used in combination with scanning to navigate virtual keyboards and desktop interfaces. Our proposed approach leverages the hierarchical structure of webpages to operate a multi-level scan of actionable elements of webpages (links or form elements). As there are a few methods already exist- ing to facilitate browsing under these conditions, we present a theoretical usability evaluation of our approach in com- parison to the existing ones, which takes into account the average time taken to reach any part of a web page (such as a link or a form) but also the number of clicks necessary to reach the goal. We argue that these factors contribute together to usability. In addition, we propose that our ap- proach presents additional usability benefits.

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ID Code: 79710
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Disability, Web Browsing, Single Switch, Scanning
DOI: 10.1145/2686612.2686693
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The owner/author(s)
Deposited On: 06 Jan 2015 01:16
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2015 01:16

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