Web pages

Subject: Web pages
From: scot <scot -at- HCI -dot- COM -dot- AU>
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 1996 10:23:32 +1000

> You've raised an important and interesting point, though...
> what _is_ the appropriate tradeoff between minimizing the
> inconvenience of trying to connect to a busy server and the
> long downloads and awkward use that results from sending
> multi-page documents? Does anyone have good guidelines for
> this based on practical experience or careful testing? In
> short: how long (how many pages!) should a web "page" be?

I think the rules are quite complex;

For general purpose stuff, as long as you want it. The best web page I have
ever read was pure text, in a huge big chunk - admittedly not everyone would
agree with me (on the specific text) but if the subject matters interests
you (the reader), length rarely matters.

But for -technical- communication, I'd say try to keep it as short as
possible. Usually the audience is not reading for pleasure, but because they
need some specific bit of info - give it to them and get out of their way
would be my philosophy.

Unless its overview, where you might need to learn about several
concept-chunks to make any sense of all of them. But usually that's best
reserved for a printed manual, IMHO.

Marketing communication -- well, I don't know, because I don't think the web
is as useful for Marketing Communication as its made out to be (in the form
that Marketing usually takes on in it, at any rate).

that's my $0.02


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