Reading Revisited: Evaluating the Usability of Digital Display Surfaces for Active Reading Tasks

Meredith Ringel Morris, A.J. Brush, and Brian Meyers

Abstract

A number of studies have shown that paper holds several advantages over computers for reading tasks. However, these studies were carried out several years ago, and since that time computerized reading tech-nology has advanced in many areas. We revisit the issue of reading in the workplace, comparing paper use to state-of-the-art hardware and software. In par-ticular, we studied how knowledge workers perform reading tasks in four conditions: (1) using paper, (2) using a dual-monitor desktop system, (3) using a pen-enabled horizontal display surface, and (4) using mul-tiple tablet computers. We discuss our findings, noting the strengths and shortcomings of each configuration. Based on these findings, we propose design guidelines for hybrid horizontal + vertical systems that support active reading tasks.

Details

Publication typeInproceedings
URLhttp://www.computer.org/portal/site/ieeecs/index.jsp
Pages8
NumberMSR-TR-2007-73
InstitutionMicrosoft Research
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
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