Writing for the web

Writing for the web is different than writing for print. Content must be audience-focused, scannable and accessible across all devices. 

Writing web content

Write plain language content that's accessible and simple to follow.

 

Writing services for the web

Structure content about services so people can give or get what they need quickly.

 

Writing policy content for the web

Write content about legislation and policy that's easy for people to understand.

Plain Language Checklist

Refer to this checklist to make sure your writing follows plain language best practices.

 

Editing checklists

Always have someone else review your work before you publish it. Use these checklists for writers and editors to make sure content is ready to go.

Grammar, spelling and tone

Choose words, sentence structure and grammar that is easy to understand.

 

Abbreviations and acronyms

Learn to use abbreviations and acronyms in a way that makes writing easier to read instead of more complicated.

Capitalization and names

Find out when to capitalize and when not to.

 

Formatting

Choose the format that's right for your page. Learn about using accordions, fonts, tables, spacing and a mobile first approach.

 

Page titles and headings

Help people find what they're looking for by using clear headings and page titles.

Hyperlinking

People scan content for links, make sure your link text is accurate and accessible.

Use of FAQs

Take a descriptive and topic-based approach when writing, instead of using Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

 

Lists

Write lists that follow formatting and punctuation guidelines.

Numbers and dates

Use numbers, dates and measurements that improve readability.

Punctuation and symbols

Learn when and how to use punctuation, symbols and special characters.