"Do screen captures in manuals make a difference?" A comparison between textual and visual manuals

M.R.M. Gellevij, Hans van der Meij, Ton de Jong, Julius Marie Pieters

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Examines the use of screen captures in manuals. Three types of manuals were compared: one textual and two visual. The two visual manuals differed in the type of screen capture that was used. One had screen captures that showed only the relevant part of the screen, whereas the other consisted of captures of the full screen. All manuals contained exactly the same textual information. We examined immediate use on time (use as a job aid) and on learning (use as a teacher). For job-aid purposes, there was no difference between the manuals. The visual manual with full-screen captures and the textual manual were both better for learning than the visual manual with partial screen captures. We found no effect on user motivation. The tentative conclusion of this study is that screen captures seem not to be vital for learning or immediate use. If one opts for including screen captures, then the conclusion is that full-screen captures are better than partial ones
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Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 1998
EventIEEE International Professional Communication Conference, IPCC 1998 - Qugbec City, Canada
Duration: 23 Sep 199825 Sep 1998


ConferenceIEEE International Professional Communication Conference, IPCC 1998
CityQugbec City


  • IR-55998
  • METIS-137938

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