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Type Conference or Workshop Paper
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Published in Proceedings Yes
Title Asymmetric effect of text-chart proximity on reading behavior
Organization Unit
  • Chia-Kai Yang
  • Chatchavan Wacharamanotham
Presentation Type paper
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed Yes
Status Published electronically before print/final form (Epub ahead of print)
  • English
Event Title The 11th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Shaping Experiences, Shaping Society (NordiCHI ’20)
Event Type conference
Event Location Tallinn, Estonia
Event Start Date October 25 - 2020
Event End Date October 29 - 2020
Series Name NordiCHI
Place of Publication New York, NY, USA
Publisher ACM
Abstract Text Statistical charts complement textual reports by visualizing overall patterns or relations in the data. However, layout algorithms may place charts far from their associated text. Such distant placement can cause reading difficulties, or worse, a misinterpretation. We conducted an eye-tracking experiment comparing reading behaviors in two proximity levels: Placing text and chart on the same page, versus placing them on two different pages. The results indicate that the proximity influences text-reading stronger than chart-reading behavior. We discuss design implications for text-chart layout algorithms and practices. This paper and all data and materials are freely available at
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Digital Object Identifier 10.1145/3419249.3420184
Other Identification Number merlin-id:19784
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