Reading dynamically displayed information on a small screen in various ambulatory contexts

Yu-Hung Chien, Chien Cheng Yen, Shaio Chung Chan, Ching Chang Chuang

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Abstract

This study investigated the effects of presentation unit and presentation duration on the comprehension for reading Chinese text on the small screen of a mobile phone in three different contexts (seated, walking on a treadmill, and walking through an outdoor course). Thirty readers participated in this study. In each of the three contexts, participants read eight passages that were dynamically presented with various combinations of presentation units (word-by-word or single line) and presentation durations (171, 213, 240, and 308 milliseconds per character (msC-1)). Results showed that presentation unit and presentation duration significantly affected reading comprehension, and interactions between factors were also significant. When the presentation unit was word-by-word, no significant difference in reading comprehension was observed under different presentation durations. However, when the presentation unit was a single line, reading comprehension deteriorated with the shortest presentation duration of 171 msC-1. With regard to context, participants had a higher mean reading comprehension score in the seated context than in ambulatory contexts, but the difference was not significant. Recommendations for appropriate dynamic display design for presenting Chinese characters on the screen of mobile devices based on the results of objective measures are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - APCHI-ERGOFUTURE 2010
Pages184-188
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Dec 1
EventJoint International Conference on Asia Pasific Computer Human Interaction and Ergofuture 2010, APCHI-ERGOFUTURE 2010 - Bali, Indonesia
Duration: 2010 Aug 22010 Aug 6

Publication series

NameProceedings - APCHI-ERGOFUTURE 2010

Other

OtherJoint International Conference on Asia Pasific Computer Human Interaction and Ergofuture 2010, APCHI-ERGOFUTURE 2010
CountryIndonesia
CityBali
Period10/8/210/8/6

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

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Chien, Y-H., Yen, C. C., Chan, S. C., & Chuang, C. C. (2010). Reading dynamically displayed information on a small screen in various ambulatory contexts. In Proceedings - APCHI-ERGOFUTURE 2010 (pp. 184-188). (Proceedings - APCHI-ERGOFUTURE 2010).