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The Internet Writers Handbook [Spiral-bound]

Martha C. Sammons
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29 Mar 1999 0205287840 978-0205287840 1

The Internet Writer's Handbook is an easily accessible, vital reference tool in the age of electronic communication: it teaches how to write well on-line. Too often, writers attempt to create Web pages by simply using the same techniques they use for print documents; The Internet Writer's Handbook offers those writers specific advice on writing and designing on-line hypertext documents. In addition to entries on HTML elements, researching on the Internet, e-mail style, and other such contemporary topics, the Handbook places unique emphasis on online writing techniques. The book includes up-to-the-minute research on online help, hypertext, Web page design, concise writing techniques, usability testing, interface design, and Web sites. Reflecting the author's extensive experience as a consultant in business and technical writing, this handbook will appeal to anyone who needs help in creating a Web page.


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  • Spiral-bound: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 1 edition (29 Mar 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205287840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205287840
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 15.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,799,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Bible of Internet writing 1 Aug 2001
Format:Spiral-bound
This is an good book! Very well organized. It can be read word-for-word cover-to-cover OR reviewed quickly for the major points! The information is very accessible because of the presentation: lots of bulleted lists, short paragraphs, and special tips. Also, excellent examples (of both stellar and regretable writing) are given throughout the book. This book has an excellent oranization and presentation, and has different aspects of writing for the Web, including a chapter on editing Web sites, chapters on Web page design and navigation. The book is a little expensive but is ideal for both novices (to learn the basics) and experts to review the rigth way of writing for the web.
I'm an editor and web content producer for several years in Portugal and i find this book like a bible. Some points of this book are a little out of date but it can be a very handy handbook. Even for other languages like portuguese.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No sifting required: Chock full of gold nuggets of knowledge 14 April 2000
By Sarah W. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Spiral-bound
This is an AWESOME book! Very well organized. It can be read word-for-word cover-to-cover OR reviewed quickly for the major points! The information is very accessible because of the presentation: lots of bulleted lists, short paragraphs, and special tips. Also, excellent examples (of both stellar and regretable writing) are given throughout the book. This book is a success due to the excellent oranization and presentation, AND the broad scope of information offered (e.g., three chapters on different aspects of writing for the Web, a chapter on editing Web sites, chapters on Web page design and navigation, and more)!
As a novice in the subject of writing for the Web, I've found this an excellent "How to" book. I'm an editor of trade books and other publications, but am learning about writing for the Web. So far, this has been the most helpful book because of the accessibility of the information (not buried in long, narrative chapters).
Another recommendation: I recommend "Writing for New Media" (1998). In "Writing for New Media," authors Bonime and Pohlmann discuss writing for interactive media, which includes interactive thinking, interactive writing (instead of linear writing), and aspects of interactive storytelling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great combination of web style guidelines and writing style 19 Feb 2000
By cara tremblay - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Spiral-bound
I've read many books regarding web design and writing for online media. This book combines some knowledge you'd get from The Chicago Manual of Style, with some of the web info you'd get from The Yale Web Style Guide. Great mix of both subjects, in a a format that makes for easy reading. You need this book if you're web mastering and writing the content for your site.
2.0 out of 5 stars outdated and redundant information 31 Dec 2003
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Format:Spiral-bound
The: Web Page Design, Web Page Elements and Navigation sections are *outdated*. This book was created in 1999 and there has been many advancements and corrections in this field.
The: Web Page Style, Editing and Web Page Writing Techniques sections could be great for beginner writers but for those who thought they would get a whole bunch of nuggets about writing for the web, will be sadly disappointed. At minimum, half a handful of nuggets can be gotten while sifting through the outdated and redundant information.
The: Types of Web Writing section was probably *most useful* to me and I wasn't really wanting information about that in the first place.
The book is also hard-to-read, even though it attempts at making it easy-to-read. Everything is sort of "clumped" together with too many icons, too much in the legend and not enough "white space" to follow the information coherently.
In 1999, I could see this book being a major hit... combining web page design and writing skills but the heavy price tag of the book today isn't merited.
If you get it, skip the stuff about web design. Better yet, pick up a copy at your local library to see what I'm talking about and then make your decision from there.
In my opinion, this isn't a book to keep in your private library collection!
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