CodeGazer: Making Code Navigation Easy and Natural with Gaze Input

Asma Shakil, Christof Lutteroth, Gerald Weber

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Navigating source code, an activity common in software development,is time consuming and in need of improvement. We present CodeGazer, a prototype for source code navigation using eye gaze for common navigation functions. These functions include actions such as “Go to Definition” and “Find All Usages” of an identifier, navigate to files and methods, move back and forth between visited points in code and scrolling. We present user study results showing that many users liked and even preferred the gaze-based navigation, in particular the “Go to Definition” function. Gaze-based navigation is also holding up well in completion time when compared to traditional methods. We discuss how eye gaze can be integrated into traditional mouse & keyboard applications in order to make “look up” tasks more natural.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781450359702
Publication statusPublished - 9 May 2019
EventCHI 2019: Weaving the threads of CHI: CHI 2019 - Glasgow, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 4 May 20199 May 2019

Publication series

NameCHI : Conference on Human Factors and Computing Systems
PublisherACM Press
ISSN (Electronic)1062-9432


ConferenceCHI 2019: Weaving the threads of CHI
Abbreviated titleCHI 2019
Country/TerritoryUK United Kingdom
Internet address


  • Actigaze
  • Eye gaze tracking
  • Integrated development environment (IDE)
  • Source code navigation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software


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