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[Web Advisory Group]

MIT Libraries

Writing for the Web:
Guidelines for MIT Libraries

Nicole Hennig
Web Manager, MIT Libraries

How do people use the web? Web users:

  • skim, scan, and select
  • browse
    • forage
    • quick glances and occasional very brief stops
  • read a little at a time
    • mostly in short burst
    • grab and get on towards the goal


Most of the content of this site is drawn from a workshop given by Janice (Ginny) Redish, Ph.D. at User Interface 2000 in November 1999.

See also these articles by Jakob Nielsen:
How Users Read on the Web
Applying Writing Guidelines to Web Pages