Saturday, May 27, 2006

Jumbled Letters hold important Message for Usability Evangelisers finds HFI

It's easy to read jumbled letters ...

"The current Human Factors International newsletter is a particularly compelling one, so it may have taken a while to get round to reviewing it, but its message will hang around.

It looks at the theory that jumbled letters are quite easy to read. It takes the scientific approach that just because they aren't impossible to read, doesn't mean that they are as easy to read as letters in the right order.

And then Kath Straub looks at the difficulty scientists had in making this point to the general public, who believed that: "If yuo can raed this yuor brian wroks". She shows that sometimes too much learning is a dangerous thing.

'Perhaps psycholinguists would have enjoyed more traction if, instead of offering a mini-lecture on lexical access, they offered the following one counter example with a relative baseline to compare against:

No, really... Which is easier?"   continued ...   (Via Usability News)


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