The sonic enhancement of graphical buttons

Stephen A. Brewster, Peter C. Wright, Alan J. Dix, Alistair D. N. Edwards

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Graphical buttons are common to almost all interfaces but they are not without problems. One common difficulty is slipping off a button by mistake and not noticing. Sonically-enhanced buttons were designed to overcome this problem and were experimentally evaluated. Timing, error rates and workload measures were used. Error recovery was significantly faster and required fewer keystrokes with the sonically-enhanced buttons than with standard ones. The workload analyses showed participants significantly preferred the sonically-enhanced buttons to standard ones. This research indicates that by simple addition of sound one of the major problems with graphical buttons can be overcome.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Title of host publicationHuman-Computer Interaction, INTERACT '95, IFIP TC13 Interantional Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, 27-29 June 1995, Lillehammer, Norway
EditorsKnut Nordby, Per H. Helmersen, David J. Gilmore, Svein A. Arnesen
PublisherChapman and Hall
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1995

Publication series

NameIFIP Conference Proceedings
PublisherChapman Hall

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