Week Four Introduction To Online Writing


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Week Four Introduction To Online Writing

  1. 1. Week Four Writing For The Web Wayne MacPhail
  2. 2. Overview • A History Lesson • Inverted Pyramid Revisited • Online Voice • MicroContent • What Eye Scans Teach Us • Writing for Navigation • Writing Links
  3. 3. A History Lesson Or, why you should never draw a pig in clay.
  4. 4. From Oral to Written
  5. 5. Token Gestures
  6. 6. Early Egyptian Writing
  7. 7. Early Media
  8. 8. Synoptic Gospels
  9. 9. Synoptic Gospels
  10. 10. Time to crack open a beer. Editoral Comment
  11. 11. Says him. Says me. Says him. Says him. Says him.
  12. 12. Illustrated Manuscripts
  13. 13. This will kill that The archdeacon gazed at the gigantic edifice for some time in silence, then extending his right hand, with a sigh, towards the printed book which lay open on the table, and his left towards Notre-Dame, and turning a sad glance from the book to the church,-- quot;Alas,quot; he said, quot;this will kill that.quot; Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  14. 14. Inverted Pyramid Most Important Least Important
  15. 15. Write Tight Say what you want to say. Cut it in half. Cut it in half again. Write it. Cut it in half, twice. Write. Cut. Twice.
  16. 16. Passive vs. Active Passive There were a great number of dead leaves lying on the ground. Active Dead leaves covered the ground. Passive It was not very long before she was very sorry that she had said Active what she had. She soon repented her words. Passive At dawn the crowing of a rooster could be heard. Active The cock’s crow came at dawn.
  17. 17. Banish Happy Talk Hello. Welcome to our new, improved site about gardening in Canada. We’re sure glad to see you and hope this site provides you with the tips, message boards and catalogue guides every Canadian gardener needs! Enjoy your visit and thanks!!! New Message Boards Tips Catalogues
  18. 18. Microcontent • Heads • Subheads • Marginalia • Grabber Quotes • Captions
  19. 19. Structure
  20. 20. Writing Microcontent
  21. 21. Heads and Blurbs
  22. 22. Eye Scan Reality
  23. 23. Attention Grid
  24. 24. Word Scans
  25. 25. Eye Scan
  26. 26. Key Eye Scan Findings • Upper left of page gets most attention • Dominant headlines get first attention • Underlined heads discourage subhead reading • Lefthand words in subheads read most • Shorter paragraphs preferred • Larger pictures preferred
  27. 27. Writing for Navigation • Consider each button a door sign • Use the words your users use • Be consistent page to page • Don’t make your users go on a treasure hunt
  28. 28. Buttons Like Door Signs
  29. 29. Use words your users use Learn more about assistive devices Find out about our articulation agreements What accomodations can you expect? Free devices that can help you succeed. Turn your diploma into a degree. How should the college be helping you?
  30. 30. Be consistent Win all your textbooks Books-for-Free Contest Win all your textbooks Win all your textbooks
  31. 31. No Treasure Hunts Main Menu Documents Resources Key Papers Backgrounders Need to Know
  32. 32. Find the Free Player
  33. 33. What’s the Diff?
  34. 34. Writing Links
  35. 35. Metafilter Goodness
  36. 36. Wayne MacPhail wmacphail@gmail.com wmacphail