ELI, Electronic Library Initiatives

Writing for the Web

Writing for the web is very different than writing for print. For example studies have shown:

  • 79% of people who read a web page scan it instead of reading word-for-word
  • Reading from computer screens is 25% slower than reading from print
  • Web content should have 50% of the word count of its paper equivalent
  • It may be possible for users to enter a web site from any point to any page
Source: Writing for the Web

Writing guides and sources:

Jakob Nielsen's Useit.com: website usability

How Users Read on the Web

Writing Well for the Web

Web Style Guide, 2nd Edition

The Difference Between Online and Paper Presentation

Accessibility Issues

When writing for the Web, you must make sure that your web sites can be viewable by people with disabilities who might use specialized equipment to view a web page. The Yale University Library has outlined suggestions and tips for creating universally accessible web pages:

Designing Accessible Web Sites Yale Library outlines various issues of Web accessbility

Bobby Watchfire A web "bot" (robot) that searches through a web page and automatically checks it for accessibility

The Web Accessibility Initiative An Internet-based group that promotes and assists Web accessibility. Contains information and resources.




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