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"It’s Freedom to Put Things Where My Mind Wants": understanding and improving the user experience of structuring data in spreadsheets

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Despite efforts to augment or replace the 2-dimensional spreadsheet grid with formal data structures such as arrays and tables to ease formula authoring and reduce errors, the flexible grid remains overwhelmingly successful. Why? We interviewed a diverse sample of 21 spreadsheet users about their use of structure in spreadsheets. It emerges that data structuring is subject to a complex network of incentives and constraints, including factors extrinsic to spreadsheets such as the user’s expert...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1145/3491102.3501833

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Computer Science
Oxford college:
Pembroke College
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Association for Computing Machinery Publisher's website
Article number:
585
Host title:
Proceedings of the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2022)
Publication date:
2022-04-29
Acceptance date:
2022-02-03
Event title:
Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2022)
Event location:
New Orleans, LA, USA
Event website:
https://chi2022.acm.org/
Event start date:
2022-04-30T00:00:00Z
Event end date:
2022-05-05T00:00:00Z
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58English
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Pubs id:
1250336
Local pid:
pubs:1250336
Deposit date:
2022-04-12

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