How is writing for the web and print different and how do you explain it?

by Shawn Smith on November 14, 2007

Attention Online Newsers, I’m looking for your advice on the difference between writing for print and writing for web.

Here’s some general standards in web writing that I think we can skip:

  • Write short (or at least succinct)
  • Write in scan-able text (using bolding and subheads)
  • Include multimedia (although this isn’t really always necessary or correct)

But there’s a lot more that goes into writing for the web than including a YouTube video or link to another article in your blog posts. What are your thoughts?

  1. What makes writing for the web different than writing for print?
  2. Do you approach the different forms of writing differently?
  3. How do you explain the differences to others?
  4. What strategies have you used to get writers thinking in a web mentality?

Thanks for the help!