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Eye Tracking the Visual Search of Click-Down Menus

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posted on 01.05.1999 by Michael D. Byrne, John R. Anderson, Scott Douglass, Michael Matessa
Click-down (or pull-down) menus have long been a key component of graphical user interfaces, yet we know surprisingly little about how users actually interact with such menus. Nilsen’s [8] study on menu selection has led to the development of a number of models of how users perform the task [6, 21. However, the validity of these models has not been empirically assessed with respect to eye movements (though [l] presents some interesting data that bear on these models). The present study is an attempt to provide data that can help refine our understanding of how users interact with such menus.