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Using Google Web Fonts to Make the Web More Beautiful (and Functional)

A. Dawn Shaikh, Senior User Researcher, Google, Inc. Summary. The state of web typography is undergoing a change as web fonts become more prevalent. Website designers and developers now have many alternatives to the standard system fonts (Arial, Times New

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Exploring the Usability of E-Health Websites

Curtis V. Lauterbach Summary. One of the most common resources for health information is the Internet. On some websites, users are able to input personal symptoms into a Symptom Checker. The Symptom Checker provides a description of possible conditions based

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Creatures of Habit or Convenience? Users Still Use Browser Bookmarks and Email to Save Information

J. Owens, A. D. Shaikh, & B. Chaparro Summary. As users browse or search the Internet for information, it is not uncommon for them to save URLs or links for future reference or share a link with a friend or

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Keyboard Performance: iPad versus Netbook

B. Chaparro, B. Nguyen, M. Phan, A. Smith, & J. Teves Summary. This study evaluated performance and subjective perceptions of three keyboard styles: the iPad soft keyboard (in both landscape and portrait orientation), as well as a Acer netbook keyboard.

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Survey Results: iPad is Best for Reading, Communicating, and Gaming

B. Nguyen & B. Chaparro Summary. In the last issue of Usability News, we distributed an online survey exploring iPad usage. Results of the survey indicate that the iPad is mainly used for web browsing, email, reading news and e-books,

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