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Transcripts research

Papers, books and articles that might be of interest if you’re presenting conversations, transcripts, chats or instant messages and are interested in optimizing for readability and comprehension

These seemed most relevant out of the two to three times as many I skimmed. I also reviewed the references of every book and paper I browsed. Something something user experience, something something interaction design, something something openness, something something putting my effort where my beliefs lie. I haven’t yet studied these in depth, but feel free to or .

1987
Reading text from computer screens
Readability and Regularization in Old-Spelling Texts of Shakespeare
1991
Transcription design principles for spoken discourse research
Graphic Design for Electronic Documents and User Interfaces
1992
Directions in Corpus Linguistics: Proceedings, Design principles in the transcription of spoken discourse
1996
Interface Design and Optimization of Reading of Continuous Text
2000
The influence of reading speed and line length on the effectiveness of reading from screen
Conversation Trees and Threaded Chats
2001
The influence of reading speed and line length on the effectiveness of reading from screen
2003
Visualizing discussion history
The Transcription of Discourse
Reading Patterns and Usability in Visualizations of Electronic Documents
Understanding Sequence and Reply Relationships within Email Conversations: A Mixed-Model Visualization
2004
Designing Usable Electronic Text
A Companion to Qualitative Research, section 5.9, The Transcription of Conversations
The Principles of Readability
2005
Advancing the Utility of the Transcript: A Computer-Enhanced Methodology