SpaceInk: Making Space for In-Context Annotations

Hugo Romat 1 Emmanuel Pietriga 1 Nathalie Henry-Riche 2 Ken Hinckley 2 Caroline Appert 1
1 ILDA - Interacting with Large Data
LRI - Laboratoire de Recherche en Informatique, Inria Saclay - Ile de France
Abstract : When editing or reviewing a document, people directly overlay ink marks on content. For instance, they underline words, or circle elements in a figure. These overlay marks often accompany in-context annotations in the form of handwritten footnotes and marginalia. People tend to put annotations close to the content that elicited them, but have to compose with the often-limited whitespace. We introduce SpaceInk, a design space of pen+touch techniques that make room for in-context annotations by dynamically reflowing documents. We identify representative techniques in this design space, spanning both new ones and existing ones. We evaluate them in a user study, with results that inform the design of a prototype system. Our system lets users concentrate on capturing fleeting thoughts, streamlining the overall annotation process by enabling the fluid inverleaving of space-making gestures with freeform ink.
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Hugo Romat, Emmanuel Pietriga, Nathalie Henry-Riche, Ken Hinckley, Caroline Appert. SpaceInk: Making Space for In-Context Annotations. User Interface Software and Technology, Oct 2019, Nouvelle-Orleans, United States. ⟨10.1145/3332165.3347934⟩. ⟨hal-02286161⟩

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