Abstract

How to present a large amount of information in a limited computer display space is always an important issue. One of the solutions is to present information three dimensionally. Perspective is one of the reasons that people can perceive things three dimensionally on a computer display. However, in a perspective background the legibility of Chinese characters might be affected. Therefore, this research aims to explore the legibility of Chinese characters in the computer perspective environment. The legibility test was used for the research. First, a perspective space was simulated on a computer screen. A few sets of Chinese characters were selected and placed on the space. 40 participants were asked to read the Chinese characters. Time was measured and errors were recorded for analysis. The findings include: 1) The font of the Chinese characters might influence the legibility. 2) The larger the view angles the easier to read the Chinese characters. 3) The characters on the left side wall seems to be easier to read than the characters on the right side wall. 4) Characters with or without meaning might affect the legibility.

Keywords:

Chinese characters, legibility, perspective

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Nov 17th, 12:00 AM

The Legibility of Chinese Characters in the Perspective Environment.

How to present a large amount of information in a limited computer display space is always an important issue. One of the solutions is to present information three dimensionally. Perspective is one of the reasons that people can perceive things three dimensionally on a computer display. However, in a perspective background the legibility of Chinese characters might be affected. Therefore, this research aims to explore the legibility of Chinese characters in the computer perspective environment. The legibility test was used for the research. First, a perspective space was simulated on a computer screen. A few sets of Chinese characters were selected and placed on the space. 40 participants were asked to read the Chinese characters. Time was measured and errors were recorded for analysis. The findings include: 1) The font of the Chinese characters might influence the legibility. 2) The larger the view angles the easier to read the Chinese characters. 3) The characters on the left side wall seems to be easier to read than the characters on the right side wall. 4) Characters with or without meaning might affect the legibility.

 

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