The World Wide Web supports the creation and transmission of an unlimited number of multimedia
documents composed of text, graphics, animation, video, and audio. Multimedia Web documents are
assembled and reside on computer servers scattered around the globe that can be accessed by
anyone, anywhere, at any time.
Web communication is different from hard-copy publication because hypertext and the Web support nonsequential navigation through
online documents that are in essence "authored" by readers as they follow one of a potentially
unlimited number of pathways through a "document."
Guidelines for Composing Web Documents and Web Sites
- Provide a graphical map of your Web site to help your audience conceptualize the
organization, extent, and usefulness of information available there.
- Limit presentation of information to one screenful whenever possible (unless you are
maintaining an online archive of reports originally published in hard copy).
- Limit the size of video and audio files to be downloaded (downloading video clips
even a few minutes long can be a time-consuming process, turning the World Wide
Web into the World Wide Wait).
- Follow the general guidelines for graphical
representation when creating figures and other static
- Show the context or reason for a link to another file or part of a file (or to another
Web site) so that your audience can decide beforehand if they want to go
Vast online archives of scientific and engineering reports are now
available over the Web.
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