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Reading performance with large fonts on high-resolution displays
Author(s): Maureen K. Powers; James O. Larimer; Jennifer Gille; Hsien-Chang Liu
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Paper Abstract

Reading is a fundamental task and skill in many environments including business, education, and the home. Today, reading often occurs on electronic displays in addition to traditional hard copy media such as books and magazines, presenting issues of legibility and other factors that can affect human performance [1]. In fact, the transition to soft copy media for text images is often met with worker complaints about their vision and comfort while reading [2-6]. Careful comparative evaluations of reading performance across hard and soft copy device types are rare, even though they are clearly important given the rapid and substantial improvements in soft copy devices available in the marketplace over the last 5 years. To begin to fill this evaluation gap, we compared reading performance on three different soft copy devices and traditional paper. This study does not investigate comfort factors such as display location, seating comfort, and more general issues of lighting, rather we focus instead on a narrow examination of reading performance differences across display types when font sizes are large.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 June 2004
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5292, Human Vision and Electronic Imaging IX, (7 June 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.527233
Show Author Affiliations
Maureen K. Powers, Gemstone Foundation (United States)
James O. Larimer, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Jennifer Gille, Raytheon ITSS (USA) and NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Hsien-Chang Liu, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5292:
Human Vision and Electronic Imaging IX
Bernice E. Rogowitz; Thrasyvoulos N. Pappas, Editor(s)

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