Effects of Display Factors and Screen Design Parameters on Chinese Proofreading Performance and Proofreader Preferences

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Proofreading is an essential task that must be performed to reduce printing errors and ensure accuracy in the production of electronic texts. Due to the rapid growth of large-scale digitization of Chinese texts to disseminate knowledge and the use of distributed proofreading, texts are now usually read on screens and not on printouts. Therefore, there is an urgent need to examine the possibility of improving on-screen proofreading performance and proofreaders’ subjective evaluations through better use of display factors and screen design parameters. Two experiments will be conducted in this research. The first will investigate the influence of four display factors viz. typeface(Ming Liu and Jheng Hei), font size (10-point and 14-point), text direction (horizontal and vertical) and copy placement (left-right and above-below) on Chinese proofreading performance and subjective preferences. The second will examine different screen design methods for presenting large amounts of text for proofreading. Proofreading performance will be measured in terms of time and accuracy, and subjective preferences will be examined in terms of comfort, ease, and fatigue evaluations. The results are expected to provide useful design recommendations to assist in determining the display factor and screen design settings that will improve Chinese proofreading performance and subjective evaluations.Practical Application of the Proposed Research: The findings of this experiment will provide human factors information and recommendations that are useful for the design of proofreading interfaces to improve proofreading time and accuracy, and proofreaders’ subjective evaluations.


Project number9041551
Grant typeGRF
Effective start/end date1/10/1027/12/13