Combining Keystroke Logging with Eye Tracking

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter


This chapter describes the successful development of a new methodology for studying on-line writing. The text-logging tool ScriptLog has been combined with the eyetracking technology iView X HED HT, in order to enhance the study of the interplay between writing, monitoring and revision. Data on the distribution of visual attention during writing help determining to what extent pauses are used for monitoring. The complexity of the experimental settings, and the expertise needed for interpreting the eye-tracking data make this a method suitable mainly for laboratory settings. The chapter also introduces an analysis tool that merges data from ScriptLog and iView and thus helps the researcher to organise and analyse the vast amount of data produced.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • General Language Studies and Linguistics


  • writing process, keystroke logging, eye tracking, reading, writing
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWriting and Digital Media (Studies in Writing)
EditorsLuuk van Waes, Mariëlle Leijten, Chris Neuwirth
ISBN (Print)0-08-044863-1
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Publication categoryResearch

Publication series

ISSN (Print)1572-6304

Bibliographic note

In cooperation with Humanistlaboratoriet, Lund university. The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Linguistics and Phonetics (015010003), Humanities Lab (015101200), Educational Sciences (000026010), Cognitive Science (015001004)