Writing for the web

We don’t read web pages – we scan and skim! I have been looking for guidelines to help me write better. Here’s what I found:

  • Keep it short
  • Use simple language
  • Break it up with headings
  • Use visuals

These guidelines and many others are clearly laid out in:

https://www.usability.gov/how-to-and-tools/methods/writing-for-the-web.html
An excellent summary of points to watch when writing web copy from the US Dept of Health

https://www.monash.edu/about/editorialstyle/writing/writing-for-web
Monash University’s guide to clear and concise writing for websites.  This information also includes a guide to accessibility.

https://www.digital.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/Writing%20for%20the%20web_public%20version.pdf
NSW Government’s guidelines for writing for the web

https://www.enchantingmarketing.com/writing-for-the-web-vs-print/
A light-hearted blog entry with common sense tips for writing the copy in websites.