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Apparency of Contingencies in Pull Down Menus

dc.contributor.authorAlonso, Diane L.en_US
dc.contributor.authorNorman, Kent L.en_US
dc.description.abstractIn many computer interfaces the underlying structures and contingencies are often hidden from the user's view. Users high in Spatial Visualization Ability (SVA) are able to quickly determine and manage the contingencies of these relationships and are not severely affected by this problem. Low SVA users, however, have difficulty visualizing these contingencies and often get lost. We examined the performance of 160 undergraduate students to determine whether revealing hidden contingencies through visual cues would facilitate low SVA users enabling them to approach the level of performance of high SVA users on a computerized path-finding task. It was found that using color and displaying paths improved performance, however, there is no indication that it is more beneficial to low than high SVA users. (Also cross-referenced as UMIACS-TR-97-43)en_US
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dc.relation.ispartofseriesUM Computer Science Department; CS-TR-3793en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesUMIACS; UMIACS-TR-97-43en_US
dc.titleApparency of Contingencies in Pull Down Menusen_US
dc.typeTechnical Reporten_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtTech Reports in Computer Science and Engineeringen_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtUMIACS Technical Reportsen_US

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