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The Optimum Font Size and Type for Students Aged 9-12 Reading Arabic Characters on Screen: A Case Study

Abubaker, Azza and Lu, Joan (2012) The Optimum Font Size and Type for Students Aged 9-12 Reading Arabic Characters on Screen: A Case Study. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 364. ISSN 1742-6596

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More and more, interest in the way data is displayed on screen has increased, especially with the increase in the number of people using e-text for learning purposes. So, this requires more focus on factors that affect screen legibility. Text display factors, such as font size, line length and font type, have an impact on reading online. Two font types [Arabic Traditional and Simplified Arabic] in four different sizes [10, 14, 16 and 18] are measured using Arabic text. On-line processes were measured using reading –aloud technique. Accuracy of reading was also measured by the average of errors that students made when reading the text, while reading speed was tested by the time it took students to read the text. However, results indicated that Arabic text in font size 10 is not readable to students aged 10 to 12. On the other hand, font sizes sixteen and eighteen are more readable than any smaller-sized font, the averages of error size 18 improve in all font types, while age has a significant impact on reading speed. Simplified Arabic font is reported as readable to students aged 10-12, especially in sizes 14 and 18.

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Additional Information: Paper presented at COMADEM2012, University of Huddersfield, 18th - 20th June 2012
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Schools: School of Computing and Engineering
School of Computing and Engineering > High-Performance Intelligent Computing > Information and Systems Engineering Group
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Depositing User: Azza Abubaker
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2013 14:26
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 20:15


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