Re: Using tables for content

Subject: Re: Using tables for content
From: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:14:18 -0700

On 10/24/2013 11:13 AM, Janoff, Steven wrote:

What I'm saying is that the depth of Sean's question is that it is about how the brain organizes and assimilates information it receives visually. I'm sure there have been many studies about this.

...citations?

So the question is, which is better for learning/understanding/assimilating: (a) a single-column vertical presentation that goes action-result, action-result, action-result, all the way down the page, or (b) a 2-column tabular presentation that has the action-result pair on a single line that encourages left-to-right reading (assuming left-to-right language), which is normally the way we read sentences in a book. ...

Heh. http://www.wikihow.com/Write-Clear-Instructions

An interesting thesis. http://www.acu.edu/technology/mobilelearning/documents/research/effects-of-technology-on-learning.pdf

This is useful but not directly relevant. http://affect.media.mit.edu/pdfs/05.larson-picard.pdf

It's easier for me to discuss things with pictures than to assume we all see the same things we are discussing.

I happened to be on a court website so I searched for steps and found a set of steps that I have never needed nor do I plan on ever needing. They are simple steps and in a table layout on the web page and in a single paragraph column when pasted here as text. In just looking at the layout and not the blindingly liberal use of color, what is easier to follow?

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References:
Using tables for content: From: Sean
RE: Using tables for content: From: Janoff, Steven
Re: Using tables for content: From: Haim Roman
RE: Using tables for content: From: Paul Hanson
RE: Using tables for content: From: Janoff, Steven
Re: Using tables for content: From: Robert Lauriston
RE: Using tables for content: From: Janoff, Steven
Re: Using tables for content: From: Robert Lauriston
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