In a study from 2002, SURL examined how much information should be presented at one time on a search result page.
In the study, users were asked to locate specific links on three different search result pages:
- One layout with 10 links per page
- One with 50 links per page
- One with 100 links on one page
The study showed that participants favoured and performed best on layouts with both reduced paging and scrolling.
Overall, the fifty-link condition had the fastest search time and was most preferred, possible because this layout required only a limited amount of paging.
The layout with hundred links page was by far least preferred, while the ten link layout performed the worst.
- The article Paging vs. Scrolling
- September 18, 2004
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