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User Experience in Using Graphical User Interfaces of Web Maps

Department of Cartography and Geomatics, Adam Mickiewicz University, 61-712 Poznań, Poland
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9(7), 412; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi9070412
Received: 21 May 2020 / Revised: 12 June 2020 / Accepted: 26 June 2020 / Published: 27 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Multimedia Cartography)
The purpose of this article is to show the differences in users’ experience when performing an interactive task with GUI buttons arrangement based on Google Maps and OpenStreetMap in a simulation environment. The graphical user interface is part of an interactive multimedia map, and the interaction experience depends mainly on it. For this reason, we performed an eye-tracking experiment with users to examine how people experience interaction through the GUI. Based on the results related to eye movement, we presented several valuable recommendations for the design of interactive multimedia maps. For better GUI efficiency, it is suitable to group buttons with similar functions in screen corners. Users first analyze corners and only then search for the desired button. The frequency of using a given web map does not translate into generally better performance while using any GUI. Users perform more efficiently if they work with the preferred GUI. View Full-Text
Keywords: multimedia cartography; web map; graphical user interface; eye-tracking; UI/UX multimedia cartography; web map; graphical user interface; eye-tracking; UI/UX
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Cybulski, P.; Horbiński, T. User Experience in Using Graphical User Interfaces of Web Maps. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9, 412.

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