eye movement and web page layout

Subject: eye movement and web page layout
From: jim_wulterkins -at- hotmail -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 11:41:15 -0700

G'day all,

I've been googling away for a while, trying to find any studies that
demonstrate how the eye moves around a Web page when the page first loads.
I have some vague memory of a study showing that most "western people" (or
whatever) start in the top left corner, moves across the top of the page,
down the right side, and end up somewhere in the middle. I have another
vague memory telling me that the first thing the eye moves to is images,
rather than text.

I'm interested because I want to see what the relationship is between my
idea of good design and what research says is good design.

I'm at a loss. I've searched the list archives, useit.com,
humanfactors.com, but I'm not getting good hits. Can anyone suggest
articles, papers, web sites, or even search terms? I would appreciate your
help with what has so far been a fruitless search...

Thanks to all,


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