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Digital Text Features

Text features are parts of text that draw you attention to important information. Text features in a book may include titles or headings, subtitles, bold print, bullets, quotations, pictures, maps or diagrams, captions, and sidebars. You may see these types of text features in digital text, but you will also see digital text features. Digital text features include, hyperlinks, audio, video, interactive images (photogalleries, maps, diagrams, simulations), pop ups, interactive questions, and comment/note options.

1. Preview

Preview the text by looking at the text features.

2. Read

Use the regular and digital text features to help you comprehend the information.

Digital Text Features
Digital Text FeatureDescriptionExample
Hyperlink

A hyperlink points the reader to additional information in the form of a website or file. Hyperlinks are usually indicated with a different color or underline.

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Sidebar

Additional information found on the side or bottom of an article or webpage.

Pop up

A pop up is a window that gives the reader more information. In this example, the pop up defines a word in the text.

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Audio

Audio clips are usually signified by a speaker icon or a play button.

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Video

Video files can be accessed by clicking the play button. There is usually an option to enlarge the screen by clicking the arrows in the bottom right corner of the video screen.

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Interactive Image - Photo Gallery

A picture is worth a thousand words. Photo galleries are a good source of information. Photo galleries can be viewed by clicking the arrows to rotate through the images.

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Interactive Image - Map

Interactive maps can be viewed in sidebars of the text or through a hyperlink. Clicking on the map often enlarges the view as well as trigers actions on the map. This interactive map example can be controlled by clicking on the 'replay animation" button.

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Interactive Image - Diagram

Interactive diagrams can be controlled by hovering over or clicking on the image.

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Interactive Questions

Interactive questions or quizzes can be added to text in order for the reader to check their comprehension of the material. Use these stopping points to think about the text and reread if needed.

Comments

Authors often want to hear from their readers so they ask for input and ideas. It is important to remember to use your best netiquette when leaving online comments.

Notes

Notes are often a feature in ebooks. They allow you to take notes while reading and can be easily accessed after reading.