Scrolling studies (was - The Dock (what's good about it?))

5 Feb 2004 - 6:15pm
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Ted Booth

On Thursday, February 5, 2004, at 02:29 PM, Jim Drew wrote:
> I wonder if there are any studies about targeting things with a mouse
> when moving horizontally vs. vertically. That is, do you sometimes
> click wrong because you are scrubbing right/left rather than up/down?
> (I note that with a vertical Dock, the app name that appears can be
> more readily connected to the icon because it "points" to it rather
> than sprawling above it.)

Has anyone seen studies about the relative merits of vertical vs.
horizontal scrolling?

For example on the web, is a vertical stacking of links somehow more
convenient or more enjoyable to mouse than a horizontal distribution,
assuming relatively equal distance between all links? From personal
experience, scrolling between horizontally distributed links seems more
annoying and tiresome than scrolling vertically distributed links. Full
disclosure, I put the Dock on the left side of the screen.

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