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Invent meta information for this page, including:

  • Your name as an email contact
  • Date of last update (and indication of how often you update)
  • Status of the information
  • URL of your page (as you imagine)
  • Copyright
  • Links to other parts of the site (as you imagine)


First paragraph:

Iíve put together various emails on the subject of object-oriented documentation, but none of these should be considered a fully reasoned discussion. The following is more in the nature of a rough draft, put forward to provoke discussion. A lot of the email springs from the 1997 IEEE meeting in Salt Lake City, and so, as time goes by, this document will be a kind of time capsule. I hope to expand it into a more formal paper during 1998, but I will leave these meandering thoughts up until they crumble with age. If you have comments or suggestions, please email me at YourName@aol.com. Thanks.



Other ways to make links hot

3a. Make clear what the user will get from the link.

3b. Within a sentence, make the link the emphatic element.

3c. Shift focus from the links or linked-to documents to the subject.

3d. Provide depth and breadth through plentiful links to related information within your site.

3e. Establish credibility by offering outbound links..

3g. Write URLs that humans can read.

3h. Make links accessible.

3i. Tell people about a media object before they download.

3j. Announce the new with special links.

3k. Write meta-tags to have your pages found.

Resources on writing links

Taking a Position on Links

Heuristic Online Text (HOT) Evaluation for Links



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