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 15:31:56 -0400

A few other concerns:

- Several separate topics always seems to me as more confusing than one
long one.
- I see jumping around as an easy way of getting lost, or losing your
train of thought
- I think I have seen research that there's a fall-off in the % of users
who follow links
e.g. - 95% will go to #2, 90% of them to #3, 80% of them to #4 ...

My bias is showing ...

On Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 3:17 PM John G <john -at- garisons -dot- com> wrote:

> 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
>
>
> -
> -
>
>
> 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?
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
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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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