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Fabrice Matulic


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Matulic, Fabrice and Norrie, Moira C. (2012): Supporting active reading on pen and touch-operated tabletops. In: Proceedings of the 2012 International Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces 2012. pp. 612-619. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2254556.2254669

With the proliferation and sophistication of digital reading devices, new means to support the task of active reading (AR) have emerged. In this paper, we investigate the use of pen-and-touch-operated tabletops for performing essential processes of AR such as annotating, smooth navigation and rapid searching. We present an application to support these processes and then report on a user study designed to compare the suitability of our setup for three typical tasks against the use of paper media and Adobe Acrobat on a regular desktop PC. From this evaluation, we found out that pen and touch tabletops can successfully combine the advantages of paper and digital devices without their disadvantages. We however also learn from observations and participant feedback that there are still a number of hardware and software limitations that impede the user experience and hence need to be addressed in future systems.

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Matulic, Fabrice (2012): Towards document engineering on pen and touch-operated interactive tabletops. In: Adjunct Proceedings of the 2012 ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology 2012. pp. 35-38. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2380296.2380314

Touch interfaces have now become mainstream thanks to modern smartphones and tablets. However, there are still very few "productivity" applications, i.e. tools that support mundane but essential work, especially for large interactive surfaces such as digital tabletops. This work aims to partly fill the relative void in the area of document engineering by investigating what kind of intuitive and efficient tools can be provided to support the manipulation of documents on a digital workdesk, in particular the creation and editing of documents. The fundamental interaction model relies on bimanual pen and multitouch input, which was recently introduced to tabletops and enables richer interaction possibilities. The goal is ultimately to provide useful and highly accessible UIs for document-centric applications, whose design principles will hopefully pave the way from DTP towards DTTP (Digital Tabletop Publishing).

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Nebeling, Michael, Matulic, Fabrice and Norrie, Moira C. (2011): Metrics for the evaluation of news site content layout in large-screen contexts. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2011 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2011. pp. 1511-1520. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1978942.1979164

Despite the fact that screen sizes and average screen resolutions have dramatically increased over the past few years, little attention has been paid to the design of web sites for large, high-resolution displays that are now becoming increasingly used both in enterprise and consumer spaces. We present a study of how the visual area of the browser window is currently utilised by news web sites at different widescreen resolutions. The analysis includes measurements of space taken up by the article content, embedded ads and the remaining components as they appear in the viewport of the web browser. The results show that the spatial distribution of page elements does not scale well with larger viewing sizes, which leads to an increasing amount of unused screen real estate and unnecessary scrolling. We derive a number of device-sensitive metrics to measure the quality of web page layout in different viewing contexts, which can guide the design of flexible layout templates that scale effectively on large screens.

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