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ERIC Number: ED365299
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Pages: 17
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Comprehensibility.
Pettersson, Rune
The act of communicating is not complete until the message is received and understood by the audience. This paper focuses on formulating messages for comprehensibility, in a discussion that is fundamentally applicable to all media. The ability to understand a verbovisual message depends on its readability, legibility, and its reading value. Comprehensibility is also influenced by the credibility of the message, the sender's writing process, and the receiver's reading process. A cognitive model of comprehensibility is presented; and the following issues in the model are discussed: (1) experiences of the reader and writer; (2) the writing process; (3) quality of language (the message); (4) credibility and esthetics; (5) terminology; (6) the reading process; and (7) costs. Against the background of this discussion, some specific writing advice for comprehensibility is given. Rules of thumb for good writing are divided into analysis, preparation, writing, using pictures, and doing the final touchup. Two figures illustrate the discussion. (Contains 21 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Cognitive Models; Legibility; Message Design; Sweden; Visual Verbal Synchrony
Note: Paper presented at the International Symposium of the International Visual Literacy Association (3rd, Delphi, Greece, June 26-29, 1993).