Surface treatment, reflectance, and age effects on electronic-paper reading performance

Yu Ting Lin*, Po Hung Lin, Sheue Ling Hwang, Shie-Chang Jeng

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This study is intended to explore the legibility and visual fatigue of different age users under various surface treatments and reflectance of electronic paper. Through the method of character-search task, the results indicated that compared with single types of treatment [anti-reflection (AR) 0.8%, anti-glare, 43% haze), the compound treatment of anti-reflection and anti-glare (ARC) exhibited the same legibility, and it showed superior properties to effectively reduce visual fatigue. Hence, it is suggested that electronic-paper manufacturers should choose the compound surface treatment for better visual performance. On the other hand, the findings also validated that enhancing the reflectance of electronic paper to the same level as regular paper (about 80%) is worthy to be practically implemented. Based on the results of this study, electronic-paper manufacturers can take useful information to fulfill ergonomie requirements on product design.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1051-1062
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the Society for Information Display
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2008


  • Age
  • Anti-glare
  • Anti-reflection
  • Electronic paper
  • Legibility
  • Reflectance
  • Surface treatment
  • Visual fatigue

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