CHAPTER 5

Interruptibility Management in Desktop Environments

Interruptibility management has attracted the interest of HCI researchers well before the advent of mobile devices. However, interruptions received on the desktop have very specific characteristics. In fact, because of their very nature desktops are situated in a constant environment and a user’s physical context (such as surrounding people, location, and physical activity) does not always change while they are interacting with desktops. This indicates that the potential factors associated with the interruptibility of users are limited and can mostly be detected by monitoring their interaction with desktops. Indeed, there could be other factors in the surrounding of users that change, ...

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