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Writing an E-Pub

Be Brief—Limit Page Length to One Screen

When possible, limit the content of a page to what can appear on one screen (without scrolling). This is especially important on the document's main pages (e.g., the home page and pages that introduce new sections and concepts).

To write short copy, use short sentences and simple words.

Don't say—

"A survey of victims was conducted by the interdisciplinary team in order to determine the impact that existing programs and services had on them."

Do say—

"The interdisciplinary team surveyed victims to find out how existing services affected them."

Chunking and Linking

If you still have too much copy after shortening sentences, break the text into smaller chunks and use links to direct readers to that information.

Secondary Pages

Secondary pages feature background information that explains concepts introduced on an e-pub's main pages. These pages can be longer than the document's main pages. However, authors should use subheads and bullet lists to make long pages easier to read.

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This document was last updated on August 20, 2004