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Digital Tools: Writing for the Web

A guide for some common DH Tools

Writing for the Web

How to Write for the Web

Omit needless words.

Really, How to Write for the Web

  • Front-load your content. Like a newspaper, put the most important stuff first. Grab your audience's attention early. Don't assume your audience will read to the end.
  • Know your audience. Who are you writing for? Who will be using your site?
  • Use the active voice. Here is a good tutorial.
  • Avoid jargon.
  • Chunk content for scanning by using headlings, white space, bullets, lists, etc. This will provide visual cues to your audience to let them know what you think is important.
  • Show instead of describe. If a picture or video works, use it!
  • Instead of quoting large chunks of text from other websites, summarize and link back to the original source.