September 23, 2011 in Web Usability

Web Writing Rules

Users scan, they don’t read.

When writing for the web there’s a handful of rules:

Overall

  • Plain english
  • Chunkated content
  • Meaningful headings (not clever ones)
  • Highlight keywords (bold)
  • Use bulletted lists
  • F shaped scanning pattern
  • If theres a more common term, use it
  • Use a active voice ( active voice (“Actor does X to Object”) is usually better than passive voice (“Object has X done to it by Actor”) .
  • Show numbers as numerals
  • Positive statements
  • Less is more
  • Keep introductory text short (content context only)
  • Be succinct
  • Users scan, they don’t read

Paragraphs

  • One idea per paragraph
  • Inverted pyramid style (start with conclusion)
  • Half the word count (than traditional writing)

Headings

  • Scanning the headings should explain what the page is about

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It’s simple really: if a monkey needs a banana then a business needs a blog. Blogging isn’t the future, it’s the now.

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planeFrank grips the controls of his light aircraft and plots a course through a canyon of clouds. Free of the fluffy divide a sudden flood of sunlight washes over the plane’s metallic body.

“This is the life”, mutters Frank as he takes view of the green fields below.

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