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Best practices

The way users read on the web is different from the way they read printed pages. For most people, reading onscreen is tiring for the eyes, and 25 per cent slower, so users scan the page until they find information relevant to their search and then they read.

Create scannable pages by using:

  • highlighted keywords 
  • meaningful sub-headings (rather than "clever" ones)
  • bulleted lists
  • one idea per paragraph 
  • inverted pyramid style (start with the conclusion)
  • lean text (short paragraphs, short sentences, short words)

Get to the goods

The web is a user-driven medium. People want to complete a task, and do it quickly. If a website is difficult to navigate or read, they'll leave.

  • Focus on the user, not on yourself. Users are self-absorbed and task-focused. Make sure they can complete their task, quickly and easily.

  • Keep content short and to the point. Consider what information the user is seeking and make it immediately available. Avoid excessive introductory text – phrases like "welcome to this web page."

  • Break text up into easily digestible "chunks" with clear, consise headings. Get used to writing meaningful titles and headings.

  • Bold relevant words and use bulleted lists to make it easy for users to scan content.

  • Use plain language. Even the most sophisticated users appreciate straightforward writing. Keep your sentence structure simple and avoid uncommon words, slang and jargon.

  • Keep visitors engaged with a "call to action" on every page. Users should be guided to the next natural step on the site.

  • Hyperlinks should be descriptive and explain the action.

 -Dalhousie University. 2016. WRITING FOR THE WEB. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.dal.ca/webteam/web_style_guide/writing_for_the_web.html. [Accessed 01 February 16].

TerminalFour Training Material

We have done away with "Direct Edit". This was a method of editing the page directly, by clicking on "edit this page". As the name suggests, the option was to edit the page the user is currently on.

With the new design, where pages are mostly cells made up of different pages, edit this page might be misleading.

So what now?  

Some might recall that, there's always has been two editing interfaces. With direct editing discontinuation, you are still left with one option. The Site Structure edit method. (See documentation Below)

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