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:

An excellent summary of points to watch when writing web copy from the US Dept of Health

Monash University’s guide to clear and concise writing for websites.  This information also includes a guide to accessibility.

NSW Government’s guidelines for writing for the web

A light-hearted blog entry with common sense tips for writing the copy in websites.