Gaze behaviour in computer programmers with dyslexia: considerations regarding code style, layout and crowding

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Abstract

Previous work investigating the eye movements of computer programmers with dyslexia suggests that the gaze behaviour expected of dyslexic readers when processing natural text does not consistently manifest when programmers with dyslexia read program code. Instead, the observed eye movements of programmers with dyslexia appear to represent a complex hybrid of gaze behaviour both typical and atypical of dyslexic readers. Building on this work, this paper explores the possible impact of code style, layout and crowding on the reading behaviour of programmers with dyslexia. Related work on the phenomenon of crowding in the dyslexia literature is used to inform a possible experimental design to explore the effect of crowding in this context.

LanguageEnglish
Pages1-5
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Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2018

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Keywords

  • Computer programming
  • Program comprehension
  • Eye tracking
  • Dyslexia

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