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The Impact of Colour Themes on Code Readability
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS).
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS).
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Färgtemans effekt på kodläsbarhet (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

The ability to read code is an important skill in programming, and is said to be affected by the coding environment and interface. This thesis investigates the impact of colour themes on code readability, comparing dark text on a light background to light text on a dark background. An experiment was performed where participants solved code comprehension tasks while recorded using eye tracking. Results indicated no significant differences in accuracy or time between the two colour themes. Similarly, the eye tracker recordings showed no significant difference in eye movement patterns between colour themes.

Abstract [sv]

Läsning av källkod är en viktig färdighet inom programmering och sägs påverkas av programmeringsmiljöns gränssnitt. Denna uppsats undersöker färgtemans effekt på kodläsbarhet, genom en jämförelse mellan mörk text på ljus bakgrund och ljus text på mörk bakgrund. Ett experiment genomfördes där deltagare studerades med blickspårning då de löste kodläsningsuppgifter. Resultaten visade inga signifikanta skillnader i andel korrekta svar eller lösningstid mellan färgteman. Blickspårningsdatan indikerade inte heller någon signifikant skillnad mellan färgteman.

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2019.
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TRITA-EECS-EX ; 2019:321
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Computer and Information Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-255046OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-255046DiVA, id: diva2:1337805
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Computer and Systems Sciences
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