Reasons Why We Prefer Reading on Paper Rather Than Displays: Studies for Seeking Paper-like Readability on Electronic Paper

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Abstract:

This study aims to clarify the factors behind the readability of paper documents; the clarification is intended to yield good guidelines for realizing truly readable Electronic Paper. Proofreading tasks were conducted under various reading conditions; display area was varied from 1/2 page to 4 pages on the screens. Proofreading performance is shown to increase with the number of pages simultaneously provided. This result agrees with our general impression that it is difficult to complete proofreading tasks on computer screens, which usually provide less than one page. The disadvantages of small display areas were confirmed regardless of the subjects' ages. Helpful guidelines for designing readable Electronic Paper were suggested by our study.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2352/J.ImagingSci.Technol.(2008)52:5(051002)

Affiliations: 1: Course of Electro Photo Optics, Graduate School of Engineering, Tokai University, 1117 Kitakaname, Hiratsuka-shi, Kanagawa-ken, 259-1292 Japan 2: Course of Electro Photo Optics, Graduate School of Engineering, Tokai University, 1117 Kitakaname, Hiratsuka-shi, Kanagawa-ken, 259-1292 Japan and Department of Optical and Imaging Science & Technology, School of Engineering, Tokai University, 1117 Kitakaname, Hiratsuka-shi, Kanagawa-ken, 259-1292, Japan

Publication date: September 1, 2008

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  • The Journal of Imaging Science and Technology (JIST) is dedicated to the advancement of imaging science knowledge, the practical applications of such knowledge, and how imaging science relates to other fields of study. The pages of this journal are open to reports of new theoretical or experimental results, and to comprehensive reviews. Only original manuscripts that have not been previously published, nor currently submitted for publication elsewhere, should be submitted.

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