Paper: Implicit Bookmarking: Improving Support for Revisitation in Within-Document Reading Tasks

The March 2013 issue of the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies features a clever new technique for automatically (implicitly) bookmarking recently-visited locations in documents, which (as our paper reveals) eliminates 66% of all long-distance scrolling actions for users in active reading scenarios.

The technique, devised by Chun Yu (Tsinghua University Department of Computer Science and Technology, Beijing, China) in collaboration with  Ravin Balakrishnan, myself, Tomer Moscovish, and Yuanchun Shi, requires only minimal modification of existing scrolling behavior in document readers — in fact, our prototype works by implementing a simple layer on top of the standard Adobe PDF Reader.

The technique would be particularly valuable for students or information workers whose activities necessitate deep engagements with texts such as technical documentation, non-fiction books on e-readers, or– of course, my favorite pastime– scientific papers.

Implicit Bookmarking prototype and studyYu, C., Balakrishnan, R., Hinckley, K., Moscovich, T.,  Shi, Y., Implicit bookmarking: Improving support for revisitation in within-document reading tasks. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, Vol. 71, Issue 3, March 2013, pp. 303-320. [Definitive Version] [Author’s draft PDF — may contain discrepancies]

4 responses to “Paper: Implicit Bookmarking: Improving Support for Revisitation in Within-Document Reading Tasks

  1. Pingback: Paper: Implicit Bookmarking: Improving Support for Revisitation in Within-Document Reading Tasks | Fidelity Networks

  2. Gerardo Daniotti

    Hi Ken,

    I Really hope that with the new “One MS” strategy, along with the promised Surface devices, some/all/parts of your innovative research projects – Codex, InkSeine, Manual Deskterity, etc., will find their way into the Office suite.

    Best regards,


    • Thanks, Gerardo, I do too! I had a small hand in helping the team that developed the radial menu in the latest version of OneNote, for example, so these things sometimes do work their way through all the way to our products. It just takes time and a lot of work. Going from a concept to a product-hardened realization of that concept is far from trivial and is a fascinating journey of its own!

  3. Hello and congratulations Ken!

    Your name, vision and work turned out to be a key asset for MS (slide 6,”MS cross group Ink: Great Ink” presentation). You really deserved it!

    Keep on bringing magic to the world.

    Best regards,


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