Multitasking on computers has become so ingrained in our work processes. A frequently adapted strategy utilized to manage information and tasks is multi-window multitasking – rapidly switching between different apps and to combine multiple sources of information
Screen reader users who are blind use built-in mechanisms (e.g. ALT+TAB) to switch between windows. This requires them to remember the ordering of windows in these tab switchers and linearizes the switching process. Sighted computer users, on the other hand, use a variety of strategies like positioning windows and tabs within and across screens. For blind and low vision (BLV) users, nonvisual multitasking with multiple windows is inaccessible and inefficient. To address this gap, we explore a solution using a Tangible User Interface (TUI) — a physical, tactile cube which is customizable, non-interfering, and improves control, to support non-linear, non- visual window switching.
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