Scrolling list view vs. "More" links

3 Oct 2008 - 12:10am
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Itamar Medeiros
2006

Several sites (http://www.humanfactors.com/downloads/feb03.asp;
http://typographica.org/000746.php) commented on a article published
in the "Usability News", written by Ryan Baker (Department of
Psychology of Wichita State University), called "The Impact of
paging vs. scrolling on reading online text passages"
(http://psychology.wichita.edu/surl/usabilitynews/51/paging_scrolling.htm).

Unfortunately, the Usability News link is not available anymore, but
you can check the original dissertation
(http://soar.wichita.edu/dspace/bitstream/10057/500/3/d05022.pdf).

Basically, Baker set up three online reading conditions:

1. paging where there was no scrolling required and the users read
a page of text with a medium line length and then used a page forward
button to go to the next page and the next,
2. a "full" condition where there was some scrolling as well as
a page forward key, and
3. a scrolling condition which had no paging, but required a lot
of scrolling.

Since you're specifically looking for "Lists", another article
written by Baker, called "Paging vs. Scrolling: Examining Ways to
Present Search Results"
(http://psychology.wichita.edu/mbernard/HSEF.Paging.pdf) might cast
more light into it.

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3 Oct 2008 - 3:39am
Danny Hope
2008

2008/10/2 David Farkas <drf at dfarkasdesign.com>:
> … I am curious as to what
> guidelines others use to determine when a list is too long and when the
> 'view more' link should be implemented within these two different
> applications.

As a side-issue you might want to consider using a link title like
'Events' – this might make more sense when used out of context than
'view more' does.

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Danny Hope
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3 Oct 2008 - 3:53am
Meve
2007

The article "The Impact of paging vs. scrolling on reading online
text passages" of The Usability News is still available with .asp
and not .html...

http://psychology.wichita.edu/surl/usabilitynews/51/paging_scrolling.asp

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3 Oct 2008 - 8:42am
Anonymous

thanks, this is all very helpful for the standard browser view. is
there any similar research or articles on the mobile side? my gut
feeling is there is a different approach needed as
navigating back and forward is more difficult,
users can't open new tabs or windows in mobile devices (iphone
aside)
and the overall screen size is limited

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4 Oct 2008 - 3:42pm
Barbara Ballard
2005

On the mobile side, we've found:

1. Fetching is harder than scrolling
2. Different devices can support different sized lists; keep the list
size smaller than the max size for the device (surprise!)
3. Applications can do dynamic loading of lists ... see the Gmail app:
when you get near the bottom of the currently loaded list, the app
fetches more of the list without user interaction. The user just keeps
scrolling down.
4. If breaking a list onto different pages, provide your full
navigation scheme on each page. Be careful with backward navigation;
test with users.

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Barbara Ballard
barbara at littlespringsdesign.com 1-785-838-3003

On Fri, Oct 3, 2008 at 9:42 AM, david farkas <drf at dfarkasdesign.com> wrote:
> thanks, this is all very helpful for the standard browser view. is
> there any similar research or articles on the mobile side? my gut
> feeling is there is a different approach needed as
> navigating back and forward is more difficult,
> users can't open new tabs or windows in mobile devices (iphone
> aside)
> and the overall screen size is limited
>
>
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