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Examining Web Design Conventions Across Site Types

Guest Contributor: M.R. Patel, Managing Director of Fifosys Limited www.fifosys.com1 This study examined the viability of a Category-Based Usability Theory, which indicates that usability of websites should be accounted for on the basis of the category the website is in.

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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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Reading Online News: A Comparison of Three Presentation Formats

By Ryan Baker, Michael Bernard, & Shannon Riley With the ever-increasing progression towards online newsletters as a principal source of information presentation, the Web has offered many opportunities as well as challenges that are unique to this environment. For instance,

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What is the Best Layout for Multiple-Column Web Pages?

Michael Bernard & Laurie Larsen An important issue regarding the physical layout of a web page is the use of space or in this case, how the contents of a web page should be placed within the confines of a

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