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Not enough meat,
This review is from: Writing for the Web (Chambers Desktop Guides) (Paperback)
'Writing for the Web' is split into three sections: Thinking about websites; Thinking about writing; Putting it into practice. I found myself wishing that Susannah Ross had eliminated the first two and expanded the third with more examples and more detail.
The first two sections deal with usability and general good writing. Both topics overflow. Usability is essential to the structure and the design of a website as well as to the writing. Likewise the principles of good writing apply to writing webpages just as they do to other written forms. Both topics add useful context, but this context takes up many more pages than the main subject of the book.
Consequently, there is no space to deal with different types of writing on the web and the author is forced to generalise. This is a shame because she has interesting points to make about her craft and the right way to make them would have been to give many more examples, case studies and explanations. For example the idea of "chunking" information was new to me.
I was also irritated by the uncomfortable landscape format of the book.
That said, 'Writing for the Web' is still a valid introduction to the subject and is unique in being written by someone with a detailed understanding of the history and practice of good writing in the larger field.