A study that addressed the question of how a news page should be presented showed that users prefer news listings with short abstracts.
In the study, users where asked to locate specific information within news articles with three different layouts:
1. A layout with full news text on one page
2. A layout with link titles and abstracts
3. A layout with link titles only
While the study showed no statistical difference in search time across the three presentation types, the layout with link titles and abstracts was preferred by the users. It was perceived most positively in terms of ease of finding information, being visually pleasing, promoting comprehension, and looking professional. The layout with full text was the least preferred.
- The article Reading Online News: A Comparison of Three Presentation Formats
- September 15, 2002
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