Some notes on reading Price


student notes and commentary
Include a relevance rating
Make your links like search results and tell the reader the order of importance of the links.
JL: …if you are taking the time to link information on a webpage, it should all be important. The first two ideas of this book were all about shortening, cutting, and simplifying. Now, however, I am supposed to take the time to rank important information, instead of just cutting out the links that I admit aren’t all that necessary?

note the emphasis on information rather than argument, evidence, premise, page ... Note the only option of cutting. There are other options.
Examples:
JL: All of these examples create longer webtext, not shorter. This goes against everything we just got done learning from HotText. I don’t disagree that links next some sort of context in order for the reader to use them effectively, but it feels contradictory to the message of the textbook.

So the question becomes Why? Or What does that suggest about the advice? About the textbook? About this way of thinking about writing web content?
Don’t disrupt your sentence/Move links to beginning or end of sentence
Linking in the middle of a sentence distracts the reader.
Linking at the beginning acts as a gloss for the target idea
Linking at the end makes the link the last idea of the paragraph.
JL: I don’t think that these ideas really hold up in practice. Links show up in all parts of a sentence/paragraph. Readers have trained themselves to be selective about links- I doubt that most people stop mid-sentence to click a link and read that information. Instead, we just go back afterwards. It is kind of the writer to just place it at the end of the sentence, but when combined with some of the above advice, it’s not always possible. We can trust the readers to make good decisions about when and when not to click on a link.

"We can trust the readers to make good decisions about when and when not to click on a link. starts to re-define readers. Take the same premise to writers: what might the writer do to signal what's up in the text?


Less needs more pp. 134–138
Give me enough information so I can skip the link:

As a web surfer and researcher, I find this tip to be handy, indeed. There’s nothing I hate more than wasting my time clicking a link that turns out to be irrelevant to my quest. I’m definitely a supporter of “make a reference, qualify with a clue.” It’s a time-saver.

notes
Look at key terms: web surfer - researcher - handy - tip - don't waste my time - irrelevant to my quest.

These are characteristics of the ideal reader for Price. Knows what they are looking for, uninterested in other matters, values self time over others', values time over other possibilities such as learning, finding something new. Add those motives into the mix and the advice changes or becomes problematic.



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