Reading and Making Sense
To some readers, this chapter may need to justify its existence. If we’re going to use a computer to obtain information, then we almost always want something. We most commonly (but not always) use a search mechanism to find possible matches for it. We almost always browse through what’s presented to us. All of these involve interacting with the computer itself. But we often don’t continue using the computer once it comes to seriously reading the information. People’s preferred response when faced with a long piece of text is usually to print it out on paper (depending on how hard or easy it is to do that). The reading that people do on screen, so the argument runs, is just enough to make them decide that they’ve got what they want, and no more. So a chapter on computerbased reading might seem unnecessary.