Selections from the web

There is some great information on the web to help in your role as a web publisher. We provide links to some websites or articles which will connect you to best-practice standards, helpful tips and guidelines. If you come across some others please forward them on so we can share them with our web publishing community.

  • Avoiding category names that suck
    Categories and hyperlinks act as signs and should give people a strong indication of what will happen even before they click on the link. People avoid clicking on unknown items or, even worse, ignore them all together.
  • Clean up your content with these handy household products
    Would you believe that washing machines can help you clean up your content? They can. Not literally, of course. But metaphorically, they’re a great help.
    Washing machines come in two basic types: top-loaders and front-loaders. This can present a dilemma for washing machine buyers, who have to make a choice. But for web writers, it’s a bonus. We can—and should—use both to clean up our content.
  • Writing link text
    To help users quickly find what they need, link text should stand out from the body content and accurately describe the page that it refers to.
  • Cheatsheets for making your content accessible
    Provided by the American National Centre on Disabilty and Access to Education (NCDAE) these one-page accessibility resources, or 'cheatsheets,' have been developed to assist anyone who is creating accessible content. These free resources are catered to less-technical individuals. 
  • Time to break up with PDFs?
    PDF is a wonderful format for print publishing; it’s saved countless hours and dollars in managing publications from design to the printed page. However, just because PDFs are designed on screen doesn’t mean they are good for reading on screen.