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Does a split-view aid navigation within academic documents?

: Franze, Juliane; Marriott, Kim; Wybrow, Michael

Poster urn:nbn:de:0011-n-3745088 (4.5 MByte PDF)
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Erstellt am: 20.1.2016

Association for Computing Machinery -ACM-; Association for Computing Machinery -ACM-, Special Interest Group on Hypertext, Hypermedia, and Web:
DocEng 2015, ACM Symposium on Document Engineering. Proceedings : September 8-11, Lausanne, Switzerland
New York: ACM, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-4503-3307-8
Symposium on Document Engineering (DocEng) <15, 2015, Lausanne>
Konferenzbeitrag, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer ESK ()
Hypertext; hypermedia; navigation; electronic publishing; technical reading; digital document; human factor; usability

Paper is still the dominant medium in academic reading. One reason is the ease of navigation within a paper document. We therefore investigate how to provide a more paper-like navigation within an academic document when read digitally. We present the results of a user study in which we compare the standard single-view hyperlink navigation with a split-view navigation. The split-view offers the reader a primary reading view of the document as well as a contextual view next to it. When a hyperlink is activated in the reading view the contextual view shows the referenced element. While we found no difference between user performance, the split-view was preferred by almost all users to the standard single-view navigation model.