Laboratory of Informatics of Grenoble Engineering Human-Computer Interaction Research Group

Engineering Human-Computer Interaction
Research Group

A Design Space for Engineering Graphical Adaptive Menus

In Proceedings of the 8th ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems (EICS). pages 239-244. 2016. to appear.

Sarah Bouzit, Gaëlle Calvary, Denis Chene, Jean Vanderdonckt

Brussels (Belgium), June 2016


This paper presents a design space for exploring design options
of adaptive graphical menus based on Bertin’s eight
visual variables: position, size, shape, value, color, orientation,
texture, and motion. In order to transform a traditional
(static) menu into an adaptive one, at least one visual variable
should be exploited to convey which menu items have been
promoted or demoted depending on five characteristics: select,
associative, quantitative, order, and length. The paper
reviews selected adaptive menu interaction techniques belonging
to each of these variables, classifies them according
to the variables and characteristics and suggests not yet explored
adaptive menu designs. It then defines four stability
properties depending on which variables remain constant after
adaptivity. A supporting software for prototyping the rendering
of graphical adaptive menus is then introduced.