I have been wondering which is easier for users to process - linear layout for information representation or tabular one?
An example: on a Contact Us page on a web site you have the following modules of information: "address", "office hours", "convenient transport" and "phones".
You could display them either in a linerar list or within a table format.
I have personal observations advocating either approach. I have found that some people get overwhelmed and confused by seeing it all one page (that is, the table format) - they do not know where to start from. After all, the human mind can process only piece of information at a time.
On the other hand, some other people seem to get lost in the linear format (they say too much scrolling) and they seem to find it harder to skim.
I can guess that it may boild down to people of various perception types, or the quantity of information, or whether the main task is navigating or reading in depth. But these are all guesses. Is there any research or detailed article on this?