Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Writing for the Web - Good Resources

photo of pen and pencil on paper

Below are some good resources for writing for the web. Each title is a hot link, and I've tried to give you some idea of what each resource contains.

WebAIM’s Writing Clearly and Simply - WebAIM is a highly respected resource in all areas of accessible web design. Their site has many tutorials and articles, as well as an email discussion list.

Is it Possible to Write Clearly and Simply?

General Guidelines

Additional Considerations for Users with Reading Disorders and Cognitive Disabilities

Readability tests

Writing for the Webuseit.com: Jakob Nielsen's Website with many resources and an alertbox column.

How little do users read?

Low-literacy users

Microcontent: writing headlines, page titles, and email subject lines

Information pollution

Colorado State's Writing Guide for Email - Note: this link is to the "print-friendly" page for the information. When you click on the hot links on that page, it takes you to a non-print friendly page that's a bit cumbersome. All the information is on this page, so it's best not to use the hot links.

Content & usability: Web writing - Webcredible is a commercial company based in the UK. They offer many free resources on web accessibility and usability, including a newsletter.

Tips on Writing Web Sites and Web page Optimization - Web Copy writing TipsThe Web Content Cafe's suggestions focus on commercial web sites. Some topics include:
How to Format Long Copy on Web Pages
Place Links in the Line of Sight
Too Many Choices Reduces Conversion Rates

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