AutoComPaste

Guide: Dr. Shengdong Zhao, Dr. Wei Tsang Ooi, Dr. Fanny Chavelier




The copy-paste command is a fundamental and widely used operation in daily computing. It is generally regarded as a simple task but the process can become tedious when frequent window switching is required to copy-paste across different documents. Autocompletion is another popular operation aimed at reducing users’ typing effort. It contrasts to copy-paste by allowing for text completion without switch- ing windows. However, the available content for completion is predefined. We introduce AutoComPaste, an enhanced autocompletion technique for cross-document copy-paste. Au- toComPaste allows users to copy-paste different granularity of text across documents without window switching. Our theoretical analysis and empirical study shows that Auto- ComPaste nicely complements traditional copy-paste techniques and outperforms the traditional copy-paste techniques when users have knowledge of the content to be copied.



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