Bezel Swipe: Conflict-Free Scrolling and Multiple Selection on Mobile Touch Screen Devices

Abstract

Zooming user interfaces are increasingly popular on mobile devices
with touch screens. Swiping and pinching finger gestures anywhere
on the screen manipulate the displayed portion of a page, and taps
open objects within the page. This makes navigation easy but limits
other manipulations of objects that would be supported naturally by
the same gestures, notably cut and paste, multiple selection, and
drag and drop. A popular device that suffers from this limitation
is Apple’s iPhone. In this paper, we present Bezel Swipe, an
interaction technique that supports multiple selection, cut, copy,
paste and other operations without interfering with zooming,
panning, tapping and other pre-defined gestures. Participants of
our user study found Bezel Swipe to be a viable alternative to
direct touch selection.