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Use Less Text

Text on computer monitors is harder to read than on paper, so people read less online than they do on paper. This means that online articles must be shorter than those in print (see Figure D7.3). Instructions for using a Web application must be kept especially short to keep reader attention on the navigation items and the other application objects.

Figure D7.3. This Web page uses an inverse-pyramid style. It has a concise title, a short summary paragraph, and supporting paragraphs. However, it's not necessary to read the supporting paragraphs in order to understand what the page is about.

(www.builder.com/Graphics/Conceptualize/ss01.html, November 2001)



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