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8:4 Use Paging Rather Than Scrolling

Relative Importance:

Relative Importance rating of 2 out of 5

Strength of Evidence:

Strength of Evidence rating of 4 out of 5

Document Type: Guideline


Topic:

Scrolling and Paging


Guideline:

If users' system response times are reasonably fast, use paging rather than scrolling.


Comments:

Users should be able to move from page to page by selecting links and without having to scroll to find important information.


Sources:

  • Nielsen, J. (1997e, December). Changes in Web usability since 1994. Retrieved November 2005, from http://www.useit.com/alertbox/9712a.html.
  • Piolat, A., Roussey, J.Y., & Thunin, O. (1998). Effects of screen presentation on text reading and revising. International Journal of Human Computer Studies, 47, 565-589.
  • Schwarz, E., Beldie, I.P., & Pastoor, S. (1983). A comparison of paging and scrolling for changing screen contents by inexperienced users. Human Factors, 24, 279-282.