Effects of Typographical Factors in Online Reading
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of typographical factors in online reading. A descriptive survey with structured questionnaires was conducted to collect data from a representative sample of 179 students of 35 teaching departments at the University of Calicut, Kerala. The analysis reveals that Social Networking Sites and Wikis are the most used online reading platforms by the students. A majority of the students use mobile phones and laptop computers for reading online. The students download and save materials from the Internet for reading. A majority of the students prefer Times New Roman font type, 12 point legible font size and 1.5 inch line spacing. They strongly agree that small font size and line spacing make the text visually uncomfortable for reading online. Eye fatigue is the major problem faced by the students while reading online. However, a few students opined that the inability to leave marks or make notes on online documents, low rate of comprehension, dead-end webpages, inappropriate background colour, skipping links are their concerns while reading online. As the study sheds light on the effects of typographical factors in online reading, it will go a long way in designing online interfaces for e-learning.