COMPARISON OF MENU DISPLAYS FOR ORDERED LISTS

dc.contributor.authorGreenberg, Sauleng
dc.contributor.authorWitten, Ianeng
dc.date.accessioned2008-02-27T22:25:50Z
dc.date.available2008-02-27T22:25:50Z
dc.date.computerscience1999-05-27eng
dc.date.issued1985-09-01eng
dc.description.abstractMenu selection is a popular way of accessing databases and command sets. When the database can be categorized on a semantic basis, each menu entry usually reflects a "field of knowledge". However, some information - such as the ordered sequential lists found in telephone directories - cannot be easily categorized, and must use a presentation scheme which divides entries into ranges using lexical ordering. This paper reports a human factors investigation of six possible menu displays for alphabetically-ordered lists. It offers clear guidance as to which menu format provides the best human performance in terms of scanning speed and error rate. Novice and expert computer users are also compared, with results indicating that novices have slower scanning speeds and greater sensitivity to menu displays than experts. Differences between human performance in scanning root menus and menus buried deep in hierarchies are also studied. The results suggest that the traversal of alphabetic menu hierarchies should avoid, as much as possible, descending deep into the tree, for user efficiency deteriorates with depth.eng
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dc.identifier.department1985-210-23eng
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.11575/PRISM/31145
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1880/46141
dc.language.isoEngeng
dc.publisher.corporateUniversity of Calgaryeng
dc.publisher.facultyScienceeng
dc.subjectComputer Scienceeng
dc.titleCOMPARISON OF MENU DISPLAYS FOR ORDERED LISTSeng
dc.typeunknown
thesis.degree.disciplineComputer Scienceeng
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