Making Content More Accessible

Have you noticed any changes lately in the layout of this blog? Take a moment to scan the screen and see whether anything looks different.

If you are a regular reader, you may notice subtle differences. I took the advice of my talented blogmaster, Kevin Segedi of Little Black Umbrella.

I asked Kevin to recommend ways to improve the accessibility of the information on my blog. Kevin suggested that I include in the top left corner the information that people might be looking for, such as my contact information, "about" information, and ways to subscribe to the blog's feed. Readers do not need to search the screen for that information; it is all grouped in one place at the top.

Kevin also made the brilliant suggestion to include the phrase "Search This Blog" in the search box, rather than beneath it. This placement of the phrase makes it clear that the Google search stays within Business Writing blog.

Another change is in the category headings, which now appear in a bigger font and with initial capital letters rather than all caps. People who study comprehension have learned that it is easier to read Writing Resources than WRITING RESOURCES, and Recent Posts than RECENT POSTS.

We made other small changes in a few lines here and there to make reading, scanning, and finding information easier.

Have you updated the appearance of your blog, brochure, reports, emails, or newsletters lately? You may want to ask someone to review them and make recommendations, as I did with Kevin.

Please share any insights on formatting and reader accessibility.

Lynn
Syntax Training

 

5 COMMENTS

  1. Lynn, I thank you for making a favorite place to visit even better. You give the reader a sense of respect – for yourself and for the reader along with the feeling that in the small things there is hope for the world.
    The Writing Resources are a joy – but I can’t handle more than one new site a week to explore as it is almost like going into the proverbial candy store. Keep up the good work.

  2. Sue, thank you so much for your thoughtful comment.

    I am touched by your words “in the small things there is hope for the world.” I hope you and I are correct, and I am very grateful for your taking that message from my work.

    Thank you.

    Lynn

  3. Become known as a powerful resource for others. When you are known as a strong resource, people remember to turn to you for suggestions, ideas, names of other people, etc. This keeps you visible to them.

  4. Lynn,
    I appreciate the changes on your site. You have really made it user friendly and more enjoyable to follow. I look forward to seeing what’s in store for your fellow business bloggers.

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