Writing to the World Wide Web
January 22nd Recap:
Reading on the Web

In general, when people use the web, their reading habits are much different than when they read print based materials. They tend to spend little time on each “page,” and look for useful information or items that pique their interest. If they don’t find what they’re looking for, they’ll move on quickly.

What does this mean when we consider how to write text for web pages? Here are some general rules:

Of course, these rules are not etched in stone. Ultimately, the way you write depends on — you guessed it — the audience you’re writing for and the purpose of your website.

Watch how people use the web sometime. Lurk over their shoulders. Give a friend a task to perform, such as finding information on sport utility vehicles. Watch how they go about this task, how much time they spend on each page, how they go about searching for information, etc. Keep this in mind when you begin to design your own pages.

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