Designing Usable Electronic Text
Published by CRC Press
2nd edition, 2004
1st edition, 1994
Order at CRC Press: www.crcpress.com
From the cover
With the growth of the World Wide Web, information is increasingly
being presented to readers in large quantities and in forms that can be
rapidly searched to suit their needs. Poor design and a failure to consider
the user often act against effectiveness in communication. With a new emphasis on the Web
and hypertext design and their impact, The Second Edition of Designing
Usable Electronic Text explores the human issues underlying information
usage, and stresses that usability (or the lack of it), a major quality
of the user experience of technology, remains a barrier to the digital
medium's campaign to gain mass acceptance.
Readership: Graduate students and professionals in the media and information
sectors, information architecture and human-computer interaction
- Chapter 1: Reading, books and electronic text
- Chapter 2: Electronic documents as usable artifacts
- Chapter 3: So what do we know? An overview of the empirical literature
on reading from screens
- Chapter 4: Describing the reading process at an appropriate level
- Chapter 5: Classifying information into types: the context of use
- Chapter 6: Capturing process data on reading: just what are readers
- Chapter 7: Shape: information as a structured space
- Chapter 8: TIME: a framework for the design and evaluation of digital
- Chapter 9: Applying the TIME framework
- Chapter 10: Conclusions and prospects
What the reviewers said:
"(The new edition) is without question an important resource to all
professionals involved in the human-computer interaction field and user interface designs."
HCI International News
"(Provides) an instrument which will clarify the design of both empirical studies of reading and the implementation of
Journal of Documentation
"(P)rovides an excellent coverage of the human factors issues associated with electronic documentation and will be useful
both to those assessing the use of such systems in their own organisation as well as system designers and providers.....
a recommended source for students of IT and HCI"
"The underlying strength of Dillon's analysis is his sophisticated view of the complex of activities associated
with the act of reading"
College and Research Libraries
"This book would be most useful for an advanced graduate course in HCI"
International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics