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Järvi, Jaakko ; Parent, Sean

One Way to Select Many

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Selecting items from a collection is one of the most common tasks users perform with graphical user interfaces. Practically every application supports this task with a selection feature different from that of any other application. Defects are common, especially in manipulating selections of non-adjacent elements, and flexible selection features are often missing when they would clearly be useful. As a consequence, user effort is wasted. The loss of productivity is experienced in small doses, but all computer users are impacted. The undesirable state of support for multi-element selection prevails because the same selection features are redesigned and reimplemented repeatedly. This article seeks to establish common abstractions for multi-selection. It gives generic but precise meanings to selection operations and makes multi-selection reusable; a JavaScript implementation is described. Application vendors benefit because of reduced development effort. Users benefit because correct and consistent multi-selection becomes available in more contexts.

BibTeX - Entry

  author =	{Jaakko J{\"a}rvi and Sean Parent},
  title =	{{One Way to Select Many}},
  booktitle =	{30th European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming (ECOOP 2016)},
  pages =	{14:1--14:26},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-014-9},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2016},
  volume =	{56},
  editor =	{Shriram Krishnamurthi and Benjamin S. Lerner},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-61080},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.ECOOP.2016.14},
  annote =	{Keywords: User interfaces, Multi-selection, JavaScript}

Keywords: User interfaces, Multi-selection, JavaScript
Seminar: 30th European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming (ECOOP 2016)
Issue Date: 2016
Date of publication: 13.07.2016

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