An experimental study on user interpretation of icons

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)721-724
Journal / PublicationAdvances in Human Factors/Ergonomics
Issue numberA
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


This paper reports on an experimental study that investigates the effect of domain knowledge on novice users' interpretation of icons. The results indicate that domain knowledge has no significant effect on the accuracy of interpretation. Domain knowledge, however, significantly affects the time taken to interpret the icons and the confidence level of the users. The theoretical perspective on the interpretation of icons is also discussed.

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