Designing an interface to optimize reading with small display windows

Rahman, Tarjin and Muter, Paul (1999) Designing an interface to optimize reading with small display windows. [Journal (Paginated)]

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The extent of electronic presentation of text in small display windows is mushrooming. In the present paper, 4 ways of presenting text in a small display window were examined and compared with a normal page condition: rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP), RSVP with a completion meter, sentence-by-sentence presentation, and sentence-by-sentence presentation with a completion meter. Dependent measures were reading efficiency (speed and comprehension) and preference. For designers of hardware or software with small display windows, the results suggest the following: (a) Though RSVP is disliked by readers, the present methods of allowing self-pacing and regressions in RSVP are efficient and feasible, unlike earlier tested methods; (b) slower reading in RSVP should be achieved by increasing pauses between sentences or by repeating sentences, not by decreasing the presentation rate within a sentence; (c) completion meters do not interfere with performance and are usually preferred; (d) the space-saving sentence-by-sentence format is as efficient and as preferred as the normal page format.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:reading displays RSVP text
Subjects:Psychology > Applied Cognitive Psychology
Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
ID Code:832
Deposited By: Muter, Prof. Paul
Deposited On:06 Sep 1999
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:54


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