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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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Paper or Pixels: What are People Reading Online?

By A. Dawn Shaikh Summary: This study evaluated the reading habits of Internet users across five document types – journal articles, news, newsletters, literature, and product information. Internet users completed an online survey indicating how likely they were to read

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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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What’s the Skinny on Weight Loss Websites?

By A. Dawn Shaikh, J. Ryan Baker, & Mark C. Russell Summary: This study reports on the usability test of three weight loss websites. In addition, eye tracking patterns were observed for initial exposure to each site home page. Results

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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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