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The effects of Chinese typeface design, stroke weight, and contrast polarity on glance based legibility
Dobres, Jonathan1,2; Chahine, Nadine3; Reimer, Bryan1,2; Gould, David3; Zhao, Nan4
2016
Source PublicationDISPLAYS
ISSN0141-9382
SubtypeArticle
Volume41Issue:0Pages:42-49
AbstractModern interfaces increasingly rely on screens filled with digital text to display information to users. Previous research has shown that even relatively subtle differences in the design of the on-screen typeface can influence to-device glance time in a measurable and meaningful way (Reimer et al., 2014). Here we outline a methodology for rapidly and flexibly investigating the legibility of typefaces on digital screens in glance-like contexts, and apply this method to a comparison of 5 Simplified Chinese typefaces. We find that the legibility of the typefaces, measured as the minimum presentation time needed to read character strings accurately and respond to a yes/no lexical decision task, is sensitive to differences in the typeface's design characteristics. The most legible typeface under study ("MT YingHei") could be read 33.1% faster than the least legible typeface in this glance-induced context. A second study examined two different weights of the MT YingHei type family (medium and bold), as well as two contrast polarity (color) conditions to investigate how these variations impact legibility thresholds. Results indicate that bold weight text is easier to read in this enforced glance-like context, and that positive polarity text (black on white) is easier to read compared to white on black text under the lighting conditions considered. These results are discussed in terms of contextual factors that may mediate glance-reading behavior, as well as how type design interacts with the practical limitations of a moderate density pixel grid. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
KeywordLegibility Typeface Visual Perception Font Weight Contrast Polarity
DOI10.1016/j.displa.2015.12.001
Indexed BySCI ; SSCI
Language英语
Funding OrganizationUS Department of Transportation's Region I New England University Transportation Center at MIT
WOS Research AreaComputer Science ; Engineering ; Instruments & Instrumentation ; Optics
WOS SubjectComputer Science, Hardware & Architecture ; Engineering, Electrical & Electronic ; Instruments & Instrumentation ; Optics
WOS IDWOS:000373547900007
WOS HeadingsScience & Technology ; Technology ; Physical Sciences
WOS KeywordBACKGROUND POLARITY ; PERIPHERAL-VISION ; COLOR COMBINATION ; TEXT ; CHARACTERS ; PERFORMANCE ; TYPOGRAPHY ; INTERFACE ; DISPLAY ; SCREEN
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Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/19961
Collection中国科学院行为科学重点实验室
Affiliation1.MIT, AgeLab, 77 Massachusetts Ave,E40-209, Cambridge, MA 02139 USA
2.Univ New England, Transportat Ctr, 77 Massachusetts Ave,E40-209, Cambridge, MA 02139 USA
3.Monotype Imaging Inc, 600 Unicorn Pk Dr, Woburn, MA 01801 USA
4.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Key Lab Behav Sci, 16 Lincui Rd, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
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Dobres, Jonathan,Chahine, Nadine,Reimer, Bryan,et al. The effects of Chinese typeface design, stroke weight, and contrast polarity on glance based legibility[J]. DISPLAYS,2016,41(0):42-49.
APA Dobres, Jonathan,Chahine, Nadine,Reimer, Bryan,Gould, David,&Zhao, Nan.(2016).The effects of Chinese typeface design, stroke weight, and contrast polarity on glance based legibility.DISPLAYS,41(0),42-49.
MLA Dobres, Jonathan,et al."The effects of Chinese typeface design, stroke weight, and contrast polarity on glance based legibility".DISPLAYS 41.0(2016):42-49.
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