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Re: Readability tests

From: Gez Lemon <gl@juicystudio.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2004 23:47:09 +0100
Message-ID: <003c01c4b23f$bd4c6240$1900a8c0@juicy.com>
To: "Maurizio Boscarol" <maurizio@usabile.it>
Cc: <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

Maurizio Boscarol wrote:

> The hypotesis is that this is due to different activity users make on a
> web page. Usually they don't read, they skim the page looking for
> something useful. This behavior is explained also in some recent
> "semantic" usability models on the web, like the Pirolli "information
> scent" and Blackmon, Polson and Kitajima "Cognitive walkthrough for the
> web".

It is a fascinating subject, and one where we've only really scratched the
surface in terms of understanding. I was interested in investigating
chunking techniques to automatically present information in blocks as an aid
for people with cognitive difficulties, but to do so effectively would
require the aid of a psychologist. It would also be interesting to know if
the difference in reading behaviour between online and offline material held
true for people with cognitive difficulties.

> I'd like very much to have such an easy tool to play with in italian
> language... ;-)

If you have rules in mind you would like to test, I would be happy to help
you develop a program.

Best regards,

Gez
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