PPIG 2011 - 23rd Annual Workshop
Useful but tedious: An evaluation of mobile spreadsheets
Derek Flood, Rachel Harrison, Ann Nosseir
Abstract: The processing power of mobile devices has greatly increased in recent years. This increased power has allowed for a greater range of applications to be deployed on this platform, providing constant access to information for end users. The limited size of these devices however, causes a number of usability issues which make these applications error prone and difficult to use. This paper presents current research being undertaken into the use of spreadsheets, an important end-user development environment, on a mobile device. The key errors observed during this work are presented here to highlight some of the problems with using spreadsheets in this way. We believe these problems may be due to the increased cognitive load placed on users who try to use spreadsheets in a mobile context.