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Evaluating the CombiMouse: A New Input Device for Personal Computers

Jeremy Slocum, Shelby Thompson, Barbara Chaparro, and Michael Bohan Summary: The CombiMouseTMis a new input device for personal computers that combines the functionality of a keyboard and a mouse into one device. Preliminary results of first-time usage indicate the device

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Entering Text Into Hand-Held Devices: Comparing Two Soft Keyboards

By Michael Bohan With the increasing demand for smaller more mobile devices (e.g., PDAs, pen tablets, etc.), manufacturers have been forced to consider alternative methods of input (other than a standard keyboard) such as pen-based input via handwriting recognition or

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Mouse-Over vs. Point-and-Click: It Depends!

By Barbara Chaparro, Gary Minnaert, & Chad Phipps In our last issue of Usability News, we discussed two selection techniques – mouse-over and point-and-click – and which was better. In studies we conducted with target acquisition tasks (where a user

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Mouse-Over vs. Point-and-Click: Which is Better?

By Greg Bender, Michael Bohan, & Alex Chaparro Target selection is an integral part of computer software use. Users communicate their intentions to the computer, usually with a mouse using the point-and-click selection technique. An alternative to point-and-click is the

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