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Developing an E-Pub

Be Brief

When possible, limit the content of main navigation pages (e.g., the home page) to what can appear on one screen. Content pages, such as those appearing in this e-pub, can run a bit longer, but it is still preferable to minimize scrolling.

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

Don't Say

Do 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. 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, you should use subheads and bulleted lists to make long pages easier to read. Jump links, which link you to different sections of the same page, also are useful tools.

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