Also in the background of HCTI is typography. The conventions, for instance, of whitespace in print: one space, for instance, after a full-stop and punctuation mark not two because they cause visual ‘rivers’. Whereas on a computer there are white-space conventions such as not needing a fullstop at all, especially in lists. A comma, semi-colon or fullstop in a list that is on a computer screen is often redundant. This is a consequence of the peculiar nature of text on a computer screen.
Here is an interesting page on typography for webpages, though it leans more on the programming side (how to do what you can in Word) there are some points nevertheless.
Then there is also the artistic experimentation with whitespace or blackspace in visual poetry and ASCII Art where space is utilised to highlight the overall effect of the text grouping. And there are many artists who use ‘words’ in their paintings. So, I should differentiate between the material and organic process that is occuring between the human eye-mind and screen-text, and the process of interpretation of words. I intend to further explore both.
I could perhaps find some papers on the effects of reading off a computer-screen: CRT and LCD issues. I remember when I started with computers I had difficulty walking out into daylight for months. Did you know you can get ‘computer-vision syndrome‘? I must admit, though, that I’ve always been fascinated by back-lit images.]]>