Re: Study shows difficult to read instructions decrease motivation

Subject: Re: Study shows difficult to read instructions decrease motivation
From: "Pro TechWriter" <pro -dot- techwriter -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: arroxaneullman -at- aol -dot- com
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2008 12:15:06 -0500

Speaking of "easy to read," I have a question related to this post. How
effective is it to set user guide text in a different font (like Courier) to
indicate text entry, window names, list box choices, and so on? This is for
online help delivery, not paper.

Here is a poll:

I will post results. Also, if anyone has links to any research on this
topic, I am very interested in getting that.


On Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 11:40 AM, <arroxaneullman -at- aol -dot- com> wrote:

> "The students who received the exercise instructions written in the easy to
> read, Arial font, believed that the workout regimen would take less time and
> feel easier compared to the students who received the directions in the
> harder to read font. More importantly, when the instructions were written in
> an easy to read font, the students were more willing to make exercise a part
> of their daily routine. The results of the second experiment were similar.
> Again, the students who read the recipe in an easy to read font determined
> it would take a shorter time to prepare and not require a lot of culinary
> skill to complete. In addition, the students who received the easy to read
> recipe were more willing to attempt the recipe than the group who had the
> difficult to read directions. "
> I feel needed.
> :)
> Arroxane
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