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The Effects of Line Length on Reading Online News

By A. Dawn Shaikh Summary: This study examined the effects of line length on reading speed, comprehension, and user satisfaction of online news articles. Twenty college-age students read news articles displayed in 35, 55, 75, or 95 characters per line

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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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The Impact of Paging vs. Scrolling on Reading Online Text Passages

By J. Ryan Baker In a previous issue of Usability News, we examined the use of paging vs. scrolling for the presentation of search results. In that study we found that a moderate amount of scrolling (fifty links per page)

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