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URN etd-0830106-130035 Statistics This thesis had been viewed 3042 times. Download 2101 times. Author Yu-Xiu Hong Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org Department Industrial Design Year 2005 Semester 2 Degree Master Type of Document Master's Thesis Language zh-TW.Big5 Chinese Page Count 181 Title A Study on the Relationship between the Layout of Web Pages and User Cognitive Styles for the Forum Section of Computer Graphics Software Keyword cognitive style web layouts forum Computer graphics software Computer graphics software forum web layouts cognitive style Abstract Abstract
In face of the competitive work environment and the more and more advanced Internet technology, many designers have started acquire knowledge about using computer graphics software through online forums in recent years. However, as most of the online forums are not well-organized, and the difference of webpage presentation on different computers is not considered, inconvenience in using and learning has been resulted. Thus, many users are unable to be benefited by the advantages of online forums.
The objective of this study was to investigate the difference among factors of web layouts for existing online forums. Based on the user groups of different cognitive styles, this study attempted to find out an optimal web layout and set up the design principles for forum webpage as a reference for designers and engineers to construct this type of websites in the future.
First of all, according to the literature review, 10 factors of web layouts were set up. From the current online forums, this study collected 10 forums dedicated to the discussion of computer graphics software. Finally, based on the graphics software forums, an experiment was conducted on the web layouts. Through the experiment on webpage components, the analysis results showed a significant difference in white space, page division, contrast between foreground and background, and color among the factors of forum layout components. In other words, research subjects’ satisfactions with white space, page division, contrast between foreground and background, and colors were bipolar. In the aspect of white space, the difference in the proportion of white space columns was the largest. In the aspect of page division, the difference in the location of basic data and utilization of color blocks is the largest. In the aspect of foreground and background contrast, the difference in the contrast of font and background is the largest. Finally, in the aspect of colors, the difference in the number of colors applied for text columns is the largest.
In addition, based on the experimental results, this study set “cognitive style”, “location of basic data”, and “utilization of color blocks” as the factors for the experiment on layout arrangement. In the experiment, Group Embedded Figure Test, GEFT, was applied to group the subjects by cognitive styles. Through computer experiment, this study further investigated the impact of different web layouts on users with different cognitive styles. The analysis indicated that users with field independence preferred the placement of basic data on the left, joined published articles with the use of different color blocks, while users of field dependence preferred the placement of basic data on the left, un-joined published articles, and the use of same color blocks.
Advisor Committee Li-Chieh Chen - advisor
none - co-chair
none - co-chair
Files Date of Defense 2006-07-28 Date of Submission 2006-08-30