On Sat, 17 Mar 2001, deke wrote: > I don't know how they do it, but their books are uniformly good. It's called "editing..." > The authors are experts on the subject, but the books read like > they were written by someone who is an expert in writing. They Too, a lot of these guys are incredibly articulate WITHOUT the help of an editor. Go visit the sites of ESR, Larry Wall, Randal Schwartz etc. and that's one of the things you'll see quickly. I'm reminded of the latter's statement (in _Learning Perl_) that "you can write Perl like English, or English like Perl, if you take liberties with either English or Perl..." That's probably not exact, and I can't check 'cause my copy of _Learning Perl_ isn't available. But you get the idea. Maybe it's not SPOKEN language that these guys deal with everyday in their day jobs, but it is language nonetheless... certain IETF docs also underscore this fact. It occurs to me that there's a DHTML technique that can make it easy to split an article up (as per the following tip), without making it necessary to use separate pages. <tip type="basic copywriting for the web" author="Ben Henick"> The page is the atomic part of your Web site. That makes the words on the page the atomic parts of the site's content... To this end, take the same factors into account for the copy, that you would for the site as a whole. What is the intended audience of the writing? What is the objective of the writing? What is the structure/architecture that in your opinion will do the best job of achieving that objective? These questions answered, you can then start writing. Because people don't like to read l o n g s c r o l l i n g pages online (it's easy to get lost), try to limit your sections to five or six hundred words... or focus on strong transitions at these "mileposts." An experienced or talented writer can do it without having o think about it, but that takes p r a c t i c e . . . </tip> -- Ben Henick Web Author At-Large http://www.io.com/persist1/ persist1 at io.com "Are you pondering what I'm pondering, Pinky?" "I think so, Brain, but... (snort) no, no, it's too stupid." "We will disguise ourselves as a cow." "Oh!" (giggles) "That was it exactly!"