Regional undo/redo techniques for large interactive surfaces

Thomas Seifried, Christian Rendl, Michael Haller, Stacey Scott

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When multiple users are simultaneously sharing a workspace, it is not always clear what should happen when a user invokes an undo action. In this paper we explore different user interfaces for undo/redo for co-located collaborative workspaces, such as large interactive whiteboards. A preliminary study revealed that users expect neither a global nor personal undo, but rather a regional undo. We propose and evaluate three automatic regional undo/redo techniques (clustering, workspace, field of view) designed for a large interactive whiteboard. The results of the evaluation showed that an undo technique based on users' field of view was most preferred, while the content-based clustering technique produced most errors. We conclude with potential improvements to the developed techniques, and propose a set of design recommendations for implementing regional undo/redo on large interactive surfaces.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference Proceedings - The 30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2012
PublisherACM Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781450310154
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2012 - Austin, TX, United States
Duration: 5 May 201210 May 2012

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings


Conference30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2012
CountryUnited States
CityAustin, TX


  • Co-located collaboration
  • Interactive surfaces
  • Interactive whiteboard
  • Large displays
  • Multi-user input
  • Undo

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