Re: What's your preference: One long page or several small pages?

Subject: Re: What's your preference: One long page or several small pages?
From: John G <john -at- garisons -dot- com>
To: "Wright, Lynne" <Lynne -dot- Wright -at- kronos -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2018 15:17:42 -0400

Hi Lynne,

Thanks for asking me to clarify.

- I'm talking about browser-based content (ours is created in
Confluence, but any web presentation will apply).
- A "screenload" is
when I have to scroll down (or Page Down) to see what won't fit in the
first screen of content.
- Page = topic
, so yes, one long topic vs. several small topics.


JG


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On Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 3:08 PM Wright, Lynne <Lynne -dot- Wright -at- kronos -dot- com>
wrote:

> I'm confused about what you mean by a long vs short page, and also what
> you mean by "screenload":
>
> If you're working in Word or Frame or other similar doc authoring tool,
> are you talking about changing the page size to 8 1/2 x 14 or something?
>
> Or are you talking about topics in a help system, and you're wondering
> whether to put the whole procedure in one topic, or break it into smaller
> sub-topics?
>
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> Subject: What's your preference: One long page or several small pages?
>
> Quick survey!
>
> I have several long-ish pages (5 or 6 screenloads) each of which contains
> rather complex instructions to run a procedure.
>
> Is that better than spreading the same information across 5 or 6 short
> pages -- assuming there's an intro/overview and links from each short page
> to the previous and next pages?
>
> My arguments for long pages:
>
> - One long page is easy to bookmark
> - PDFing is easy and fast an includes everything
> - Easy to look back and ahead
>
> My arguments for short pages:
>
> - Less intimidating
> - Easier to scan and read
>
> Your thoughts? And bonus points if you can cite user preferences and
> reasons!
>
> Thanks in advance,
>
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