Attention Demands in Text Entry Interfaces

Author I. Scott MacKenzie

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I. Scott MacKenzie. Attention Demands in Text Entry Interfaces. In Efficient Text Entry. Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 5382, pp. 1-5, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2006)


The rationale for a model of text input that includes perceptual and cognitives processes is given. Reducing keystrokes is fine, but if the design imposes an increased perceptual and/or cognitive load on the user (e.g., shifting attention points or perusing a list of candidate words in a word completion system), then a newinterface may not be as efficient as first thought. This argument as well as others underscoring the need to more thoroughly acknowledge and quantifiy attention demans in text entry interface are developed.
  • Attention
  • perceptual and cognitive processes
  • model human processor


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