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Reading Online Text with a Poor Layout: Is Performance Worse?

by Barbara S. Chaparro, A. Dawn Shaikh, & J. Ryan Baker Summary: This study examined the effects of enhanced layout (headers, indentation, and figure placement) on reading performance, comprehension, and satisfaction. Participants read text passages with and without enhanced layout.

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Reading Online Text: A Comparison of Four White Space Layouts

By Barbara Chaparro, J. Ryan Baker, A. Dawn Shaikh, Spring Hull, & Laurie Brady Summary: In this study, reading performance with four white space layouts was compared. Margins surrounding the text and leading (space between lines) were manipulated to generate

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Examining First-Time Usage of the RollerMouse

By Michael Bohan, Jeremy Slocum, A. Dawn Shaikh, & Barbara Chaparro Intensive mouse use has been associated with increased risk of upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders (see Fagarasanu & Kumar, 2003 for a review). On this basis, alternative pointing devices (e.g.,

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Breadcrumb Navigation: Further Investigation of Usage

By Bonnie Lida Rogers and Barbara Chaparro Read article in Belorussion Read article in Romanian Read article in Russian In our last issue of Usability News, we reported on the general usage of breadcrumb trails as a method of navigation

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Evaluating the CombiMouse: A New Input Device for Personal Computers

Jeremy Slocum, Shelby Thompson, Barbara Chaparro, and Michael Bohan Summary: The CombiMouseTMis a new input device for personal computers that combines the functionality of a keyboard and a mouse into one device. Preliminary results of first-time usage indicate the device

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