Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The book you ought to buy (even if you think you don't need it)

Writing is part of usability - two chapters for download ...

"This month, I'm enthusing about Ginny Redish's new book "Letting Go of the Words: Writing Web Content that Works" (Morgan Kaufmann). If you write, or your clients write, then you'll learn from it. If you're working on a content-rich web site: you'll learn from it.

But hang on, I can hear you say: we can all write. Our bookshelves are all groaning with stuff that we've not quite got round to reading yet. Why is this book different?

One easy answer is that it's got enthusiastic reviews from Steve Krug, Jakob Nielsen and Lou Rosenfeld. Not yet convinced? OK, I'll dig a little deeper.

WRITING IS EASY. GOOD WRITING IS HARDER
It's simple enough to type in a few words and spaces. Or, in my case, being a wordy person: far more words and spaces than anyone might reasonably want to read, then spend ages trying to cut them back into something that might hit the mark.

And I think that's the difficult bit: achieving crisp, clear sentences that accurately convey the right message and grab an audience.

HOW GINNY'S BOOK HELPS YOU TO WRITE BETTER
Ginny has been improving documents (on and off the web) forever. As Steve Krug puts it; "She's forgotten more about writing and reading than most people will ever know". But the point about Ginny is the way that she shares her knowledge: crisp, clear sentences that gently explain what to do - and why. Plentiful examples. Before-and-after case studies."    (Continued via Caroline's Corner, Usability News)    [Usability Resources]


Letting Go of the Words: Writing Web Content that Works


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