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Designing for Digital Reading by Harold Thimbleby, George Buchanan, Jennifer Pearson

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CHAPTER 4

Lightweight Interactions

4.1INTRODUCTION

In this chapter we describe four areas of digital reading to which we apply lightweight interaction principles. These four areas have been chosen specifically to investigate both actions that are currently easy to perform on paper but have proven themselves cumbersome digitally, and actions that are currently difficult to perform both digitally and physically. This allows us to migrate some of the more lightweight properties from the physical to the digital domain, as well as taking advantage of digital-only techniques. We start with the common activity of placeholding, a lightweight action on paper, but one which has been badly translated to the digital plane. Moving on from this, we look at ...

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