Adapting Content to Mobile Devices Annotated Bibliography

  • Albers, Michael, and Loel Kim. “Information Design for the Small-Screen Interface: An Overview of Design Issues for Personal Digital Assistants.” Technical Communication 49.1 (2002): 45-60. Web. 14 May 2010.
    This article offers an overview of Albers’ and Kim’s research on developing content for handheld devices.  The authors discuss potential design problems as well as areas for future study.
  • Albers, Michael, and Loel Kim. “User Web Browsing Characteristics Using Palm Handhelds for Information Retrieval.” Proceedings of IEEE professional communication society international professional communication conference and Proceedings of the 18th annual ACM international conference on Computer documentation: technology & teamwork (2000): 125-35. Web. 14 May 2010.
    These proceedings are the results of Albers’ and Kim’s research on user browsing with handheld devices.  The authors analyzed numerous studies on the subject in order to develop a framework for designing handheld content.
  • Bernhardt, Stephen. The Shape of Text to Come. Professional Writing and Rhetoric. Ed. Tim Peeples. New York: Longman, 2003. Print.
    Bernhardt’s article, written “before the Internet,” suggests ways that on-screen texts differ from print documents. While this article applies mostly to text on computer screens, some information, like navigability and modularity, applies to handheld devices as well.
  • Swarts, Jason. PDAs in Medical Settings: The Importance of Organization in PDA Text Design. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication 48, no. 2. (June 2005): 161–176. Web. 14 May 2010. <>
    This article summarizes studies of PDA use in a medical setting. It examines the ways professionals use and interpret information with help from PDAs and reports the findings.