UIEtips: Breaking Up Large Documents for the Web – Part 2

Jared Spool

September 24th, 2009

Deciding how much content to put on your web pages can be a difficult task. There’s no standard guideline telling you when to use one long page or break your content into several pages. Often the content itself dictates the page length, but should it?

In today’s UIEtips, we continue with part 2 of a 3 part series from Ginny Redish on breaking up large documents for the web. The article is based on a chapter in Ginny’s book Letting Go of the Words: Writing Web Content that Works. In this excerpt, Ginny asks four key questions when deciding to use one page or several pages.

  • How much do people want in one visit?
  • Am I overloading my site visitors?
  • What’s the download time?
  • Will people want to print?

I think you’ll find her responses to these questions quite informative. Part 3 will come next week.

Read Part 1 and Part 2 of Ginny’s article.

Are you involved with writing and organizing content for your web pages? You’ll want to see Ginny’s full-day workshop, Planning & Writing Web Content that Works, at this year’s User Interface 14 Conference on November 1 in Boston. Ginny will show you you how to uncover users’ needs with personas and scenarios, deliver users to their content by carefully selecting and organizing your site’s information, and how to develop a cohesive content strategy for your site.

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