Touch-n-Go: Supporting Screen Navigation on Handheld Computers


David Dearman
Bonnie MacKay
Kori Inkpen
Carolyn Watters

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Faculty of Computer Science
Dalhousie University
6050 University Ave.
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
B3H 4R2



In this paper we present Touch-n-Go, a novel software-based interaction technique for navigating information spaces on a handheld computer. Touch-n-go provides navi-gation in any direction at an arbitrary speed. Direction and speed are determined by display interaction relative to the center of the mobile screen. We introduce and discuss our implementation, and present the results of a user study comparing touch-n-go with other software-based interaction techniques; scrollbars and tap-and-drag.

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Report Date: 
July 8, 2005
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