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Writing for the Web: Writing for the Web

This guide provides information on effectively creating and managing useable content for websites

Writing for the Web

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Are you writing a web page, blog or other online post? Research shows most people usually just scan online than read in-depth. So with that in mind...

  • Use an inverted pyramid style with the most important information at the top
  • Be concise, eliminate unecessary words, and avoid large blocks of text
  • If you have a lot of information to get across, break it up into manageble sections with headings
  • Use bullet points for lists
  • Make use of white space on the page to make it easier to scan
  • Try not to use more than a couple different fonts on a page, and use font styles that are easy to read
  • Politeness matters -- think about online etiquette (netiquette) as you write
  • Use a tool like the Readability Test Tool to see how readable your page is

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Writing for the Web (YouTube)

National Council of Teachers of English Conference presentation on the basics of good web writing (no audio)

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