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Method to Permit Rapid Reading of Displayed Text

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000064336D
Original Publication Date: 1985-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-18

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Crehan, DT Schwartz, LI [+details]

Abstract

The method is described that increases the rate at which people can read electronic-media documents by a significant factor. It is not a tool to teach speed reading, although it may have that side effect. The number of documents that a person needs to read has increased to the point where most people are unable to read more than a fraction of the material that they would like to read. The operator of a display terminal may increase his reading speed and comprehension by controlling the formatting and display of the displayed material. The fundamental technique is to show portions of the text (a window) on the display screen in a manner that permits the operator to overcome the mechanical limitations of eye movement speed, width of text read at one eye fixation, time required to "accept" the text into the brain, etc.