Developing Online Content: The Principles of Writing and Editing for the Web

Author: Irene Hammerich, Claire Harrison
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ISBN: 0471146110
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (20 December, 2001)
Edition: Paperback
Sales Rank: 122,645
Average Customer Rating: 3.67 out of 5

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Rating: 1 out of 5
poorly-written, technically inaccurate
This book was severely marred by poorly-constructed sentences, punctuation errors (someone needs to instruct this book's copy editor on appropriate comma use), and grammatical errors. Sample sentence: "Each of these groups undertake separate activities and use separate technologies."

Far more troubling, however, are the technical inaccuracies this book contains. A sample:

1) The authors state that an 800 by 600 monitor displays this many pixels per square inch. Not true: 800 by 600 pixels refers to the size of the entire screen.
2) HTML is repeatedly described as a programming language -- it is more accurately described as a markup language.
3) XML is defined as "a new language for creating vector graphics for use on web sites, cell phones, and PDAs." This definition confuses XML with SVG, a language that allows scalable vector graphics to be described using XML. It is not an accurate definition of XML itself.

This book is geared toward professional writers, not technical experts. In this context, simplified explanations of technical concepts would be understandable. There is no excuse, however, for technically inaccurate explanations.

I purchased and read this book because a professor required it; I plan to recommend that he no longer use it as a textbook.


Rating: 5 out of 5
Great resource!
This really is a great resource for anyone developing content for a site. The examples and resources provided have been very helpful.
My only negative comment would be that the authors mention a companion website with the publisher that does not seem to be working as of yet.


Rating: 5 out of 5
A One-Stop Resource
This book provides a complete blueprint and set of best practices for writing, editing, organizing, and delivering effective Web content. Perfect for anyone responsible for or interested in Web content, including professional writers or editors, knowledge or content managers of corporate or organization Web sites, Web production managers or designers, marketing specialists, and subject-matter experts.

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