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Where Should You Put the Links? Comparing Embedded and Framed/Non-Framed Links

By Michael Bernard & Spring Hull In the last issue of Usability News, we discussed our findings from a study that examined performance and preference of link placements located at the top-left, bottom, corresponding with the text, and embedded within

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A Comparison of Popular Online Fonts: Which Size and Type is Best?

By Michael Bernard, Bonnie Lida, Shannon Riley, Telia Hackler, & Karen Janzen In the last edition of Usability News we discussed our findings in regard to the performance and preference of twelve different fonts at the 12-point size. We are

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Balancing Image Quality and Speed: How to Shave Seconds off Your Download Time

By Laurie Larsen & Christine Phillips The Internet has changed the way information is displayed. According to Weinman and Heavin, (1997) "It is no longer necessary to only create compelling visuals and information – the speed with which your site

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Where Should You Put the Links? A Comparison of Four Locations

by Michael Bernard, Spring Hull, & Denise Drake Online newspapers and journals, as well as many other types of informational sites, are invariably confronted with the question of where to place links associated with the online document. Currently, many informational

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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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