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Chapter 21. The Elements of Web Page Sty... > Content Is King: Notes About Writing - Pg. 240

The Elements of Web Page Style 240 Grammar ranks right up there with root canals and tax audits on most people's "Top Ten Most Unpleasant Things" list. And it's no wonder: all those dangling participles, passive voices, and split infinitives. One look at that stuff and the usual reaction is "Yeah, well, split this! " Happily, you don't need to be a gung-ho grammarian to put up a successful Web page. As long as your sentences make sense and your thoughts proceed in a semi-logical order, you'll be fine. Besides, most people's speech is reasonably grammatical, so if you model your writing after your speech patterns, you'll come pretty close. If you're not sure about things, ask some trusted and smart friends or family members to read your stuff and offer constructive criticism. I should note, however, that this write-the-way-you-talk school of composition does have a few drawbacks. For one thing, most people get annoyed having to slog through too many words written in a "street" style; for example, writing "cuz" instead of "because," "U" instead of "you," or "dudz" instead of "dudes." Once in a while is okay, but a page full of that stuff will rile even the gentlest soul. Also, don't overuse "train of thought" devices such as "um," "uh," or the three-dot ellipsis thing .... Webmaster Wisdom