Live ink - a breakthrough in information technology

    The results of research conducted by Walker Reading Technologies led to the emergence of a new technology for processing digital information, which allows to accelerate and improve its perception when reading. The technology is presented as “visual text formatting syntax” ( VSTF) . Its essence is the special conversion of ordinary blocks of text into cascading blocks with color highlighting of certain phrases, which allows readers to better understand the grammatical structure of information .
    Vstftakes into account the syntactic structure of the text, the difficulty of word forms, patterns of using punctuation marks and produces formatting that optimizes the perception and linguistic processing of content. Complex syntactic structures are combined into nested sequences of phrases that visually resemble a hierarchy . The reader’s attention is focused on the position of the phrase in the text structure and the relationship of the embedded phrase to the “parent”. The algorithm determines the boundaries of the most important formulations in sentences in order to then use these boundaries to construct cascading blocks, while taking into account the context of other words and phrases adjacent to these formulations. VSTF

    Methoddesigned to help with both visual and syntactic processing during reading. As you know, the eye when reading can capture from 9 to 15 characters. Therefore, the human eye sees the text as if “through the straw” (see. Figure). Each time we read a block of text, we force our brain to wage a constant struggle "with extra characters" that cannot be perceived at the moment. The new method is designed to solve this problem. Lines of plain text (such as a paragraph) are converted to short lines (usually between 8 and 30 characters) that are read in one or two “spans” of the eye. The algorithm uses various models that determine the width of each row.
    A cascade analysis of the text structure was designed so that the reader can simultaneously perceive phrases located lower and higher from the currently reading segment of the text. On the website you can find examples of formatting excerpts of text from a work of fiction, a technical magazine, and sports news . It will also be interesting to watch a flash movie demonstrating VSTF technology .
    Randall Walker - CEO and cofounder of Walker the Reading Technologies' announced in New York at a conference the Digital Book 2007 Product Live lnktargeting various publishers to implement the VSTF method . His study (funded by the U.S. Department of Education) shows that students reading textbooks converted using Live lnk improve their results in passing standard reading tests by 10-15%. The new method can also be used by online content providers.  

    College students, where the new method was tested, noted an increase in the speed of reading the text of Internet pages and a noticeable improvement in its perception. And what is very important - reading a text transformed but with new technology reduces eye strain.
    If technology meets the expectations of Live lnkcan be a breakthrough in a qualitative change in people's perception of information from the monitor .
    It is also noted that presenting information in a new format can be a good competitive advantage for online publishers and online media. It seems that the use of the VSTF method in information services of search engines will also positively affect their popularity. Users will love the know-how, designed to facilitate the reading of Internet pages, improve the perception of the text, while at the same time to some extent protect their eyes from stress and fatigue.
    Related links:
    1) International Reading Association - International Reading Association . The resource contains hundreds of articles about reading research.
    2) is an additional resource of the International Reading Association .
    3) Walker Reading Technologies
    4) VentureBeat - an online resource on venture investments and innovations

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