A Client-Side Approach to Improving One-Handed Web Surfing on a Smartphone

Seipp, Karsten and Devlin, Kate. 2015. A Client-Side Approach to Improving One-Handed Web Surfing on a Smartphone. In: Valérie Monfort and Karl-Heinz Krempels, eds. Web Information Systems and Technologies: 10th International Conference, WEBIST 2014, Barcelona, Spain, April 3-5, 2014, Revised Selected Papers. 226 Springer International Publishing, pp. 163-178. ISBN 978-3-319-27029-6 [Book Section]


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Our work examines the impact of natural movements on usability and efficiency of one-handed website operation on touchscreen smartphones. We present and evaluate a JavaScript framework which transforms the controls of all page elements into an interface that corresponds to the natural arcing swipe of the thumb. This can be operated via swipe and tap, without having to stretch the thumb or change the grip on the phone. The interface can be toggled on or off as required and keeps the original presentation of the website intact. Two user studies show that this choice of interface and its simplified interaction model can be applied to a diverse range of interactive elements and websites and provides a high degree of usability and efficiency.

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touchscreen, smartphone, thumb interface, HCI,web browsing, mobile

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22 Mar 2016 08:53

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29 Apr 2020 16:15



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