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Keyword Highlighting Improves Comprehension for People with Dyslexia

TitleKeyword Highlighting Improves Comprehension for People with Dyslexia
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsRello, L, Saggion, H, Baeza-Yates, R
Conference Name3rd Workshop on Predicting and Improving Text Readability for Target Reader Populations (PITR)@ EACL
Date Published04/2014
Publisher Association for Computational Linguistics
Conference LocationGothenburg, Sweden

The use of certain font types and sizes improve the reading performance of people with dyslexia. However, the impact of combining such features with the semantics of the text has not yet been studied. In this eye-tracking study with 62 people (31 with dyslexia), we explore whether highlighting the main ideas of the text in boldface has an impact on readability and comprehensibility. We found that highlighting keywords improved the comprehension of participants with dyslexia. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first result of this kind for people with dyslexia.