Re: eye movement and web page layout

Subject: Re: eye movement and web page layout
From: kelley -at- pulpculture -dot- org
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 21:53:47 -0500

At 01:41 PM 3/18/2004, jim_wulterkins -at- hotmail -dot- com wrote:

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 ran across the research reading someone (can't recall) who was explaining why he decided to buck the left navigation dogma. I'd also stumbled over the claim that users focus on the right area of the screen first while reading about why banner ads in the top right/right side of the screen rec'd more hits. It also has to do with the fact the mouse tends to be used by the right hand, IIRC.

Googled on "right navigation" and "web design" and found this page,




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