This paper reviews three studies that examined how users performance is affected by the (1) explicitness of local navigational links, (2) intriguing and informative phrasing of hyperlinks, and (3) text previews and navigational menus. The results reveal that sites with highly explicit navigational links increase site exploration as well as site perceptions; a mismatch between navigation and embedded link labels increases comprehension and site exploration; and previews with embedded links increase inferential comprehension, though they are disliked. We suggest a combined approach to structural cueing and emphasize that good design is context specific – designs that support comprehension do not necessarily receive high marks for usability.
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Cuddihy, Elisabeth & Jan H. Spyridakis
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Freeman, Jason, Christen Buckley, Christina Triptow & Yiting Chai
2021. For the love of lists: identifying the effects of listicle type and length. New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia 27:4 ► pp. 301 ff.
Johnson, Melissa A. & Kelly Norris Martin
2014. When Navigation Trumps Visual Dynamism: Hospital Website Usability and Credibility. Journal of Promotion Management 20:5 ► pp. 666 ff.
Jones, Natasha, Justin McDavid, Katie Derthick, Randy Dowell & Jan Spyridakis
2012. Plain Language in Environmental Policy Documents: An Assessment of Reader Comprehension and Perceptions. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication 42:4 ► pp. 331 ff.
Ruttun, Rishi D. & Robert D. Macredie
2012. The effects of individual differences and visual instructional aids on disorientation, learning performance and attitudes in a Hypermedia Learning System. Computers in Human Behavior 28:6 ► pp. 2182 ff.
Salmerón, Ladislao, Thierry Baccino, Jose J. Cañas, Rafael I. Madrid & Inmaculada Fajardo
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