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Visual attention techniques in the graphical user interface
Author(s): Julie D. Wright; Shumin Zhai; Ted Selker; Sabra-Ann Kelin
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents an experiment in using visual techniques, called 'masks,' to direct a user's attention within a computer graphical user interface. Bleaching, darkening, and a solid- color pattern overlay (screening) are used to de-emphasize background material, causing the target to visually 'pop-out' at the user. The tradeoff between effectively directing the user's attention and ensuring the readability of the background material is explored. Experimental results indicate that there is a wide range of darkening and screening levels that can create a pop-out effect without degrading the readability of the masked area.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 June 1997
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3016, Human Vision and Electronic Imaging II, (3 June 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.274516
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Julie D. Wright, IBM Almaden Research Ctr. (United States)
Shumin Zhai, IBM Almaden Research Ctr. (United States)
Ted Selker, IBM Almaden Research Ctr. (United States)
Sabra-Ann Kelin, IBM Almaden Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3016:
Human Vision and Electronic Imaging II
Bernice E. Rogowitz; Thrasyvoulos N. Pappas, Editor(s)

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