The use of cursor measures for motion-impaired computer users

Simeon Keates, Faustina Hwang, Patrick Langdon, P. John Clarkson, Peter Robinson

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“Point and click” interactions remain one of the key features of graphical user interfaces (GUIs). People with motion-impairments, however, can often have difficulty with accurate control of standard pointing devices. This paper discusses work that aims to reveal the nature of these difficulties through analyses that consider the cursor’s path of movement. A range of cursor measures was applied, and a number of them were found to be significant in capturing the differences between able-bodied users and motion-impaired users, as well as the differences between a haptic force feedback condition and a control condition. The cursor measures found in the literature, however, do not make up a comprehensive list, but provide a starting point for analysing cursor movements more completely. Six new cursor characteristics for motion-impaired users are introduced to capture aspects of cursor movement different from those already proposed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-29
Number of pages12
JournalUniversal Access in the Information Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Cursor studies
  • Motion-impaired users
  • Force feedback


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