Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105086
Title:
Reading from paper versus reading from screens
Author:
Dillon, Andrew; McKnight, Cliff; Richardson, John
Citation:
Reading from paper versus reading from screens 1988, 31(5):457-464 The Computer Journal
Publisher:
Oxford Journals
Journal:
The Computer Journal
Issue Date:
1988
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105086
Submitted date:
2006-07-18
Abstract:
This paper reviews the literature on reading continuous text from VDUs. The focus is on the reported nature, and potential causes, of reading differences between paper and screens. The first section outlines the scope of the present review. Section 2 discusses the nature of the reported differences between reading from either presentation medium. Five broad differences have been identified suggesting that reading from VDUs is slower, less accurate, more fatiguing, decreases comprehension and is rated inferior by readers. Evidence for the existence of each of these differences is reviewed and conclusions are drawn. In Section 3, ten variables which have been proposed as potential causes of reading differences between paper and screen are reviewed. These include screen dynamics, display polarity, orientation, viewing angle and user characteristics. Recent evidence by Gould et al.11 is presented which suggests that the image quality of the screen display is the crucial factor and indicate that positive presentation, high resolution and anti-aliasing interactively affect performance by enhancing the quality of the displayed image. The implications of this work for screen presentation of text are presented.
Type:
Journal Article (Paginated)
Language:
en
Keywords:
User Studies
Local subject classification:
electronic text

Full metadata record

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dc.contributor.authorDillon, Andrewen_US
dc.contributor.authorMcKnight, Cliffen_US
dc.contributor.authorRichardson, Johnen_US
dc.date.accessioned2006-07-18T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:19:02Z-
dc.date.issued1988en_US
dc.date.submitted2006-07-18en_US
dc.identifier.citationReading from paper versus reading from screens 1988, 31(5):457-464 The Computer Journalen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105086-
dc.description.abstractThis paper reviews the literature on reading continuous text from VDUs. The focus is on the reported nature, and potential causes, of reading differences between paper and screens. The first section outlines the scope of the present review. Section 2 discusses the nature of the reported differences between reading from either presentation medium. Five broad differences have been identified suggesting that reading from VDUs is slower, less accurate, more fatiguing, decreases comprehension and is rated inferior by readers. Evidence for the existence of each of these differences is reviewed and conclusions are drawn. In Section 3, ten variables which have been proposed as potential causes of reading differences between paper and screen are reviewed. These include screen dynamics, display polarity, orientation, viewing angle and user characteristics. Recent evidence by Gould et al.11 is presented which suggests that the image quality of the screen display is the crucial factor and indicate that positive presentation, high resolution and anti-aliasing interactively affect performance by enhancing the quality of the displayed image. The implications of this work for screen presentation of text are presented.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherOxford Journalsen_US
dc.subjectUser Studiesen_US
dc.subject.otherelectronic texten_US
dc.titleReading from paper versus reading from screensen_US
dc.typeJournal Article (Paginated)en_US
dc.identifier.journalThe Computer Journalen_US
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