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Online Flipping: Examination of the Digital FlipViewer

By Spring Hull Summary: This article examines the usability of FlipViewerĀ® software for digital FlipBooks. The FlipViewer software allows users to read online documents in a three-dimensional e-book format simulates a paper document. Participants performed 11 tasks with a FlipBook

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Evaluating the Usability of Educational Websites for Children

By Shiva Naidu Summary: This study examined the usability of educational websites for children. Children ages 7 – 11 performed seven search tasks with one of three websites. Overall, participants, especially those less than 10 years of age were not

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Hotspots and Hyperlinks: Using Eye-tracking to Supplement Usability Testing

By Mark C. Russell Summary: This article discusses how eye-tracking can be used to supplement traditional usability test measures. User performance on two usability tasks with three e-commerce websites is described. Results show that eye-tracking data can be used to

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Is Multiple-Column Online Text Better? It Depends!

By J. Ryan Baker Summary: This study investigated the effects of multi-column displays and justification on reading performance and satisfaction of an online narrative passage. Participants read a short story displayed in one of six formats (one, two, or three

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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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