Navigation in Long Forms on Smartphones: Scrolling worse than Tabs, Menus, and Collapsible Fieldsets


Mobile applications provide increasingly complex functionality through form-based user interfaces, which requires effective solutions for navigation on small-screen devices. This paper contributes a comparative usability evaluation of four navigation design patterns: Scrolling, Tabs, Menus, and Collapsible Fieldsets. These patterns were evaluated in a case study on social network profile pages. Results show that memorability, usability, overview, and subjective preference were worse in Scrolling than in the other patterns. This indicates that designers of form-based user interfaces on small-screen devices should not rely on Scrolling to support navigation, but use other design patterns instead.

Talk: 15th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACT 2015), Bamberg, Deutschland; 09-14-2015 - 09-18-2015; in: “Volume 9298 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science”, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, (2015), ISBN: 978-3-319-22697-2; 333 - 340
Christoph Wimmer
Projektass. Dipl.-Ing.
Karin Kappel
Projektass. Dipl.-Ing. Mag.rer.soc.oec. Dr.techn.
Thomas Grechenig
Thomas Grechenig
Ao.Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.