Letting Go of the Words: Writing Web Content that Works / Edition 2by Janice (Ginny) Redish
Pub. Date: 09/06/2012
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Web site design and development continues to become more sophisticated. An important part of this maturity originates with well-laid-out and well-written content. Ginny Redish is a world-renowned expert on information design and how to produce clear writing in plain language for the web. All of the invaluable information that she shared in the first edition is
Web site design and development continues to become more sophisticated. An important part of this maturity originates with well-laid-out and well-written content. Ginny Redish is a world-renowned expert on information design and how to produce clear writing in plain language for the web. All of the invaluable information that she shared in the first edition is included with numerous new examples. New information on content strategy for web sites, search engine optimization (SEO), and social media make this once again the only book you need to own to optimize your writing for the web.
- New material on content strategy, search engine optimization, and social media
- Lots of new and updated examples
- More emphasis on new hardware like tablets, iPads, and iPhones
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Content! Content! Content! Chapter 2 Planning: Purposes, Personas, Conversations Interlude 1: Content Strategy Chapter 3 Designing for Easy Use Chapter 4 Starting Well: Home Pages Chapter 5 Getting There: Pathway Pages Chapter 6 Breaking up and Organizing Content Chapter 7 Focusing on Conversations and Key Messages Interlude 2: Finding Marketing Moments Chapter 8 Announcing Your Topic With a Clear Headline Chapter 9 Including Useful Headings Interlude 3 The New Life of Press Releases Chapter 10 Tuning up Your Sentences Chapter 11 Using Lists and Tables Interlude 4 Legal Information Can Be Clear Chapter 12 Writing Meaningful Links Chapter 13 Using Illustrations Effectively Chapter 14 Getting from Draft to Final Interlude 5 Creating an Organic Style Guide Chapter 15 Test! Test! Test! For More Information - A Bibliography Subject Index Index of Web Sites Shown as Examples About Ginny Redish
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Are you waking up at night worrying about strategy and tactics? If you are, then this book is for you! Author Janice (Ginny) Redish has done an outstanding job of writing a second edition of a book on how to help you have great conversations through your web site, mobile app, social media, and whatever future innovations encourage interactions between you and others. Author Redish, begins by showing you how to have good conversations through your web site. In addition, the author delves into why planning your content is critical for apps, web sites, individual web topics, blogs, social media messages, and everything you write. She then discusses how to integrate content and design from the beginning. The author then, shows you how to consider the entire site. She continues by looking at the size of your site; if it is large enough, then you may need pathway pages between the home page and the information people want. In addition, the author tackles four important guidelines: Think information, not document; divide your content thoughtfully; consider how much to put on one web page; and, use PDFs sparingly and only for good reasons. She then continues to focus on not hogging the conversation within a single web topic. Next, the author reminds you how to combine labels with more information. Then, she shows you how to choose a good heading style: questions, statement, verb phrases, etc. The author continues by looking at how to write the paragraphs, sentences, and words of your web content. In addition, she encourages you to use numbered lists for instructions as much as possible. Next, the author warns that you should not make program or product names links by themselves. She then describes what makes illustrations work well, or not work well. The author continues by showing you how to negotiate successful reviews and edits. Finally, she shows you how to do usability testing of the content. This most excellent book will help you create great content. Perhaps more importantly, this book shows you how to meet your business goals by satisfying your site visitors’ conversations through usability testing.
An excellent book useful for planning and writing any kind of content, whether for the web, a publication, a report or any kind of document. Anyone who communicates would love this book. A must for all web developers and designers, as well as anyone who reviews web applications.