Ticket #310 (closed defect: duplicate)

Opened 15 years ago

Last modified 15 years ago

English Text Style suffers from "click here" syndrome

Reported by: kmaclean Owned by: kmaclean
Priority: major Milestone: WebSite 0.2.1
Component: Web Site Version: Website 0.2
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Post from Richard Atterer;

Also, I couldn't help noticing that the writing style of the English text could be improved, it really suffers from the "click here" syndrome... :) Maybe have a look at <http://webstyleguide.com/style/> for some hints on writing for the web. (Don't get me wrong, the page is fine as it is now, but maybe the guide above will prove useful for stuff you write in the future.)

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comment:1 Changed 15 years ago by kmaclean

More info from Robin

Drupal is able to produce fairly clean HTML. Though it also depends a lot on how you use a CMS. It is possible to choose a tableless design for most CMS’s, but that's not a guarantee for clean HTML. Some CMS’s will fill the template with a lot of tables.

Having a look at the HTML source in your browser will give you an idea of how good a CMS is in this sense. The more legible the better, because Google is blind! (reads from top to bottom without skipping anything) If you have two wade through lots of HTML tags or style information than that is bad for Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

So good HTML does not have a lot of tags (but of course it does have some). It is also good if the most important info is on top. Furthermore there should not be any style information on a page (only a reference to an external style sheet).

Installing a WYSIWYG editor will also tempt writers to use a lot of markup to emphasize passages in the text (e.g. underlined pieces of text that are not links, various font sizes etc.). That results in pages that are hard to understand for users. A book on this topic (Web usability) that I can recommend is the first book from Jakob Nielsen. I think it's called "designing Web usability". However, this does not address the question of what CMS is best, but how to write content and design websites (I read it in one day, because it's very clearly written).

comment:2 Changed 15 years ago by kmaclean

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