Readers' models of text structures: the case of academic articles

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105410
Title:
Readers' models of text structures: the case of academic articles
Author:
Dillon, Andrew
Citation:
Readers' models of text structures: the case of academic articles 1991, 35:913-925 International Journal of Man-Machine Studies
Journal:
International Journal of Man-Machine Studies
Issue Date:
1991
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105410
Submitted date:
2006-07-17
Abstract:
This item is not the definitive copy. Please use the following citation when referencing this material: Dillon, A. (1991) Readers' models of text structures. International Journal of Man-Machine Studies, 35, 913-925. Abstract: Hypertext is often described as a liberating technology, freeing readers and authors from the constraints of "linear" paper document formats. However there is little evidence to support such a claim and theoretical work in the text analysis domain suggests that readers form a mental representation of a paper document's structure that facilitates non-serial reading. The present paper examines this concept empirically for academic articles with a view to making recommendations for the design of a hypertext database. The results show that experienced journal readers do indeed possess such a generic representation and can use this to organise isolated pieces of text into a more meaningful whole.This representation holds for text presented on screens. Implications for hypertext document design are discussed.
Type:
Journal Article (Paginated)
Language:
en
Keywords:
Human Computer Interaction; Hypertext and Hypermedia; User Studies; Information Systems

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorDillon, Andrewen_US
dc.date.accessioned2006-07-17T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:24:58Z-
dc.date.issued1991en_US
dc.date.submitted2006-07-17en_US
dc.identifier.citationReaders' models of text structures: the case of academic articles 1991, 35:913-925 International Journal of Man-Machine Studiesen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105410-
dc.description.abstractThis item is not the definitive copy. Please use the following citation when referencing this material: Dillon, A. (1991) Readers' models of text structures. International Journal of Man-Machine Studies, 35, 913-925. Abstract: Hypertext is often described as a liberating technology, freeing readers and authors from the constraints of "linear" paper document formats. However there is little evidence to support such a claim and theoretical work in the text analysis domain suggests that readers form a mental representation of a paper document's structure that facilitates non-serial reading. The present paper examines this concept empirically for academic articles with a view to making recommendations for the design of a hypertext database. The results show that experienced journal readers do indeed possess such a generic representation and can use this to organise isolated pieces of text into a more meaningful whole.This representation holds for text presented on screens. Implications for hypertext document design are discussed.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectHuman Computer Interactionen_US
dc.subjectHypertext and Hypermediaen_US
dc.subjectUser Studiesen_US
dc.subjectInformation Systemsen_US
dc.titleReaders' models of text structures: the case of academic articlesen_US
dc.typeJournal Article (Paginated)en_US
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Man-Machine Studiesen_US
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