FaST Sliders

Validation level: 5. CHI, UIST, CSCW and TOCHI paper publication

FaST Sliders stands for “Flick and Slide or Tweak”. It is a transient slider interaction technique that allows fast and casual operation consistent with marking menus. Instead of grouping several sliders together, FaST sliders have a marking menu, which allows users to select very quickly and casually the desired option and then a slider appears accordingly.

Copy Bibtex McGuffin, M. J.; Burtnyk, N. and Kurtenbach, G. FaST Sliders: Integrating Marking Menus and the Adjustment. In Graphics Interface, 2002.
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The FaST sliders have three different steps. The first one corresponds to the "Flick Step – Selection of a value". The user pops up a marking menu by holding down a mouse button.

The second step corresponds to "Slide Step – Adjustment of the value". A slider appears with its wiper directly under the cursor. In this step, if the cursor is moved, the entire slider follows the cursor.

The third step is "Tweak Step – Additional controls." If the user drags the cursor off the wiper, new additional controls might appear (optional).

  • Resolves the problem of space in the screen and movement, since the follow-mode allows a user to relocate the slider to a better screen location before adjusting.
  • Users who preferred FaST Sliders technique reported they liked the ability to release and tweak, saying that FaST Sliders were the “safest” and “most stable” of the techniques.
  • It is hard to have a precise value adjustment with Fast sliders because it always moves 1-2 more pixels.