Poor design and a failure to consider the user often act against the effectiveness in online communication. Designing Usable Electronic Text, Second Edition explores the human issues that underlie information usage and stresses that usability is the main barrier to the electronic medium's campaign to gain mass acceptance. The book is a revision of the successful First Edition with a new emphasis on the Web and hypertext design and their impacts. With the emergence of new uses of information, such as e-commerce and telemedicine, text presentation will take on a new and greater importance. Its focus on the design framework and its empirical approach make it a unique book.
Table of Contents
E-Text and the User. Digital Documents as Usable Artifacts. So What do we Know? Describing information Use at an Appropriate Level. Information as a Structured Space. Classifying Information into Types: The Role of Context. Capturing Process Data on Reading. TIME: A Framework for the Design of Electronic Texts. Applying TIMEframes in Usability Evaluations. Designing Usable Electronic Text: Conclusions and Prospects. References.
"Designing Usable Electronic Text is without question an important resource to all professionals involved in the field of human-computer interaction and user interface designs."
- HCI International News, April 2005
"[A]n engaging presentation of elements that play a role in reading text, be it on paper or electronic."
- The Indexer, Vol. 24, No. 2, Oct 2004