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The Yahoo! Style Guide: The Ultimate Sourcebook for Writing, Editing and Creating Content for the Web [Unabridged] [Paperback]

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16 July 2010

Is it Web site, website or web site? What's the best on-screen placement for a top story? How can I better know my site's audience? The rapid growth of the Web has meant having to rely on style guides that are intended for print publishing and do not address writing for the Internet. The Yahoo! Style Guide does. Writers and programmers at Yahoo!, faced with a lack of industry guidance fifteen years ago, began creating a set of guidelines for web writing. The seeds of The Yahoo! Style Guide were planted with their first in-house reference, which has been added to ever since, making it the go-to manual inside Yahoo!

Polished and expanded for its public debut, this resource will cover the basics of grammar and punctuation as well as Web-specific ways to perfect a site. It includes: identifying the audience and making the site accessible to everyone; constructing a clear and compelling story; developing a site's unique voice; streamlining text for mobile devices; optimizing webpages to increase the changes of appearing in search results; streamling text so it can be read at Internet speed.



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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; Unabridged edition (16 July 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0230749607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230749603
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 501,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

With more than a billion users worldwide, Yahoo! is the trusted authority on all things Web. The Yahoo! Style Guide is the work of many Yahoo! contributors, including past and present Yahoo! editors within Yahoo!'s editorial department, led by Senior Editorial Director Christopher Barr.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
"What is a tribble, and why is a tribble difficult to control?" is one possible question from readers of 'The Yahoo! style guide'. In a style guide from a global company, I expect internationalised content. Readers who do not know American culture will struggle to understand some of the content.

'The Yahoo! style guide' explains how to write for an international audience. Unfortunately, the text does not conform to the guidelines that are in the book. Possibly, many readers of the book do not read English as a first language.

Some irritating errors spoil the book. For example, the statement, "It's impossible to write without using some idioms" is not correct.

The chapters are organised in sequence from less technical to more technical. Ideas are introduced early in the book, and are discussed in detail later. For that structure to be effective, readers need to know where to find information. For the best user experience, a better index is necessary.

Despite my criticisms, the book is useful. Although I do not agree with some of the guidelines, I learnt new things.

'The Yahoo! style guide' is much more than only a style guide. The book has guidelines about words and grammar, but the book also deals with accessibility, audience analysis, text for headings, HTML, search engine optimisation, the design of user interfaces, US copyright law, and many other topics. Therefore, 'The ultimate sourcebook for writing, editing, and creating content for the digital world' is an accurate subtitle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful and great for SEO tips 28 Jun 2011
Format:Paperback
If you're writing for the web and want to engage your readers, improve consistency and style, as well as having a chance against all the content out there in relation to SEO this is well worth a purchase.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for anyone creating web content 19 July 2010
Format:Paperback
This should be the first book that anyone interested in website creation should read. The web writing guidelines are clear, supported by good examples and will open your eyes to how writing for the web should be done.

Whilst the advice in here can be found online there's great benefit in having it all in one place, well presented and in a solid real book format. Coming from Yahoo! and published by Macmillan, no writer, editor, content creator or anyone else involved in website creation can sensibly refute the guidelines this book gives.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very comprehensive and full of good ideas. 28 April 2014
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Well worth the cost. Gives good advice and is clear in its details. A good section for me was how to optimize your site for search engines.
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