Proceedings of The International Conference on Advanced Research in Applied Science and Engineering
Preference Impact of Diverse Modes of Occlusion on Single Composition Structure Chinese Characters and Arabic Numerals
Ching Chih Liao
Based on the hypothesis that for occluded text to be liked requires that it is easy to recognize, different modes of occlusion were applied in this study to nine each of single composition structure Chinese characters and Arabic numerals, for a total of 18. Four occlusion objects were applied (a gray rectangle occluded a character, a rectangle formed from tiny characters occluded another character, tiny characters occluded strokes, and occluding a character without a visible covering object), comprising 72 samples. Coming from design and non-design education backgrounds, 170 experiment participants were recruited with the goal of investigating how they would rank the modes of occlusion they liked best and the reasons why. The resulting data was analyzed with the nonparametric methods. Experimental results revealed a significant difference among the four modes of occlusion for numbers and Chinese characters. The primary reason given for liking the tiny characters occlusion better was that most participants considered that the mode of tiny characters occluding the strokes could be recognized easily because the character form was intact. The main reason the rectangle formed from tiny characters was not preferred was that participants were distracted by the tiny characters and found it harder to recognize the occluded character. Regarding differing education background of the participants, besides the non-design education participants liking the tiny characters occlusion significantly more than design education participants did, there were no other differences.
Keywords: Single composition structure, Chinese characters, Arabic numerals, Mode of occlusion, Preference.