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The Two-Handed Desktop Interface: Are We There Yet?

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Executive Summary

Authors argue that today's desktop systems poorly engage the hands of users, and reveal a left-hand bias. Arguments are supported by examples and theory - by juxtaposing the affordances of keyboard/mouse technology with theories of bimanual skill. Scrolling is cited as a task in particularly bad repair. A design improvement is suggested. Anthropologists have completed analyses of a recently discovered artifact, dated to the year 2000. The artifact, apparently, is an early form of computing apparatus, probably operated on a desk with input through a keyboard and pointing device. They conclude that inhabitants from this era were predominantly left-handed.

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