- Series: Interactive Technologies
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; 2 edition (August 28, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0123859301
- ISBN-13: 978-0123859303
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Letting Go of the Words, Second Edition: Writing Web Content that Works (Interactive Technologies) 2nd Edition
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About the Author
Janice (Ginny) Redish has been helping clients and colleagues communicate clearly for more than 20 years. For the past ten years, her focus has been helping people create usable and useful web sites.
A linguist by training, Ginny is passionate about understanding how people think, how people read, how people use web sites - and helping clients write web content that meets web users' needs in the ways in which they work.
Ginny loves to teach and mentor - and to practice what she preaches. She turns research into practical guidelines that her clients and students can apply immediately to their web sites.
Ginny's earlier books received rave reviews for being easy to read and easy to use, as well as comprehensive and full of great advice. She is co-author of two classic books on usability:
* A Practical Guide to Usability Testing (with Joseph Dumas)
* User and Task Analysis for Interface Design (with JoAnn Hackos)
She is also the author of the section on writing on www.usability.gov.
Ginny's work and leadership in the usability and plain language communities have earned her numerous awards, including the Rigo Award from the ACM Special Interest Group on the Design of Communication and the Alfred N. Goldsmith Award from the IEEE Professional Communication Society.
Ginny is a Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication and a past member of the Board of Directors of both the Society for Technical Communication and the Usability Professionals' Association.
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Top Customer Reviews
1) Practical - I use the advice here almost every day at work writing copy for websites.
2) Evergreen - Even as websites evolve, nothing here will go out of style. You may add on to it, but this is truly evergreen content.
3) Clear - The book practices what it preaches, presenting the information you need with lots of subheads and bullets.
If you write anything that goes on a website—or even plan what goes on the website (like a content strategist)— the buy this book.
P.S: If you have the first edition, this book is still worth buying. They added tons of extra content.
The book explains that content creation requires that you consider navigation, search, design and technology. Chapters are comprehensive and easy-to-understand. You will learn about everything from how to design your website through how to proofread your copy.
The author pointed out the need to design for users who have disabilities. These may be physical (such as problems using a mouse) or visual. This book states that 5% to 8% of males are color-blind, so it’s important to consider this when you’re color palette includes reds and greens. This was something that I had never considered.
I would recommend this book to anybody who is designing a website or wants to improve their existing website.
The Text Doctor LLC