September 23rd, 2008

XKCD (Keyboard Guy), Keyboard Guy (XKCD)

How To Present Information

Suppose that you are designing a system to present information on a display that can show a screen of maybe 10-15 words worth of information at a time. Which of these timing patterns do you use to rotate items of information through the display?

TIMING PATTERN A:
(Item #1 relevant to about 1% of your customers)
(Item #2 relevant to about 1% of your customers)
(Item #3 relevant to about 1% of your customers)
. . . . .
(Item #9 or #10 or #11 or whatever relevant to about 1% of your customers)
(Train Schedule Info relevant to 100% of your customers)

or

TIMING PATTERN B:
(Item #1 relevant to about 1% of your customers)
(Train Schedule Info relevant to 100% of your customers)
(Item #2 relevant to about 1% of your customers)
(Train Schedule Info relevant to 100% of your customers)
(Item #3 relevant to about 1% of your customers)
(Train Schedule Info relevant to 100% of your customers)
etc.


If you answered "B" -- sorry, there are too many digits in your IQ for you to be employable with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.