Verbose, repetitive, too chatty and slightly inarticulate (but then all technical writing is bad!),
This review is from: Learning Web Design: A Beginner's Guide to (X)HTML, StyleSheets, and Web Graphics (Paperback)
I apologise in advance to the author for this parody. It's nothing personal, I just enjoy being unkind. Well, I hope it helpfully illustrates the book's flaws as well.
In this review, I'm going to cover the verbosity of the book, what verbosity means and how repetition features as an aspect of this verbosity. Also don't forget to check out the really cool links in the sidebar 'Verbosity, What it Means and its Relation to Repetition'.
This book is what we call verbose and repetitive. Tighten your seatbelts, because we've got some difficult concepts here. Don't worry if you don't fully grasp them at first; we'll go over it again in later chapters. But I've included some nice pretty diagrams to help you get the gist.
Verbosity (see figure 297-1 for an idea of how this works) is the property of using too many words to convey a meaning. You could think of it as a little bit like long-windedness. Verbosity is bad for usability because it increases the number of words used to convey a meaning. The effect of this is that people have to read a lot of words, getting bored and remembering the information less effectively.
Figure 297-1, A Verbose Paragraph
This book is friendly and pleasant. This is clearly a very helpful book and you should buy it after a quick flick through, having noticed its pretty presentation and friendly, pleasant writing style.
For more examples of verbosity, I highly recommend Learning Web Design: A Beginner's Guide to (X)HTML, StyleSheets, and Web Graphics by Jennifer Niederst Robbins