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Type Conference or Workshop Paper
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Published in Proceedings Yes
Title Supporting Software Developers’ Focused Work on Window-Based Desktops
Other Titles © 2020 Copyright is held by the owner/author(s). ACM ISBN 978-1-4503-6708-0/20/04.
Organization Unit
  • Jan Pilzer
  • Raphael Rosenast
  • André Meyer
  • Elaine May Huang
  • Thomas Fritz
Presentation Type paper
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed Yes
Status Published in final form
  • English
ISBN 978-1-4503-6708-0
Event Title CHI ’20
Event Type conference
Event Location Honolulu, HI, USA
Event Start Date April 25 - 2020
Event End Date April 30 - 2020
Place of Publication Honolulu, HI, USA
Publisher ACM
Abstract Text Software developers, like other information workers, continuously switch tasks and applications to complete their work on their computer. Given the high fragmentation and complexity of their work, staying focused on the relevant pieces of information can become quite challenging in today’s windowbased environments, especially with the ever increasing monitor screen-size. To support developers in staying focused, we conducted a formative study with 18 professionals in which we examined their computer based and eye-gaze interaction with the window environment and devised a relevance model of open windows. Based on the results, we developed a prototype to dim irrelevant windows and reduce distractions, and evaluated it in a user study. Our results indicate that our model was able to predict relevant open windows with high accuracy and participants felt that integrating visual prominence into the desktop environment reduces clutter and distraction, which results in reduced window switching and an increase in focus.
Digital Object Identifier 10.1145/3313831.3376285
Other Identification Number merlin-id:19142
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