Effects of display configurations on document triage Conference Paper uri icon


  • Document triage is the practice of quickly determining the merit and disposition of relevant documents. This practice involves selection of documents from a document overview and quick forms of reading: skimming, reading short portions of a longer document, and navigating through headings, indices, and tables of contents. Earlier studies of document triage practice showed considerable overhead related to window management during transitions between the document overview and reading interfaces. This study examines the impact of multiple display configurations on document triage practice. In particular, it compares (1) configurations with same and different size displays, and (2) configurations with and without user control over which activity is performed on which display. Results show a significant increase in the number of transitions between activities when a multi-display configuration is introduced although there is no significant difference between the different multiple display configurations. Additionally, user activity with a document was positively correlated with an overall assessment of document value. IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2005.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Bae, S., Badi, R., Meintanis, K., Moore, J. M., Zacchi, A., Hsieh, H., Marshall, C. C., & Shipman, F. M.

citation count

  • 16

complete list of authors

  • Bae, S||Badi, R||Meintanis, K||Moore, JM||Zacchi, A||Hsieh, H||Marshall, CC||Shipman, FM

publication date

  • December 2005