Gesture Behaviours

On tablets, it is easier to use a scroll gesture than a swipe gesture, as swiping requires more interactive effort than scrolling.

It follows that the weight of the gesture should relate to the weight of the action. So, swiping should be used for larger actions (such as moving between content sections and articles) and scrolling should be used for smaller actions (such as moving up and down an article). Gestures used to perform opposing-weighted-actions are counter-intuitive to a user.

Article Gesture Behaviour

This illustrates the Swipe and Scroll mechanic as used in News applications where articles are placed horizontally, side by side.


The Reader moves left and right to navigate between each article (using the swipe gesture or side tap)

Gesture Behaviour - Swiping
Gesture Behaviour - Scrolling


Then, to dig more deeply into a particular article, the reader scrolls through the material vertically. If, after digging down an article, the user then decides to swipe left or right (to another article), the last visited state of the previous article is maintained.

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