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Supporting Software Developers’ Focused Work on Window-Based Desktops


Pilzer, Jan; Rosenast, Raphael; Meyer, André; Huang, Elaine May; Fritz, Thomas (2020). Supporting Software Developers’ Focused Work on Window-Based Desktops. In: CHI ’20, Honolulu, HI, USA, 25 April 2020 - 30 April 2020.

Abstract

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.

Abstract

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.

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Other titles:© 2020 Copyright is held by the owner/author(s). ACM ISBN 978-1-4503-6708-0/20/04. https://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3313831.3376285
Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Language:English
Event End Date:30 April 2020
Deposited On:20 Mar 2020 07:12
Last Modified:29 Jul 2020 14:55
Publisher:ACM
ISBN:978-1-4503-6708-0
OA Status:Hybrid
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/3313831.3376285
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:19142

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