Web-based editing

Web-based editing requires an understanding of screen-based reading patterns and physiological responses, as on-screen reading and assimilation of information is very different to that of print.

On-screen readers rely on the site’s navigation system to orient themselves rather than table of contents, chapter numbers, page numbers and indexes. Readers of on-screen material absorb information differently; therefore, for best effect, screen writing must be structured differently to writing for print-based publications.

Eye movement patterns differ when reading on-screen so this must be taken into account when designing content and structure. Readers of on-screen material scan information rather than read in great detail.

Editing and proofreading a website or web pages involves checking that all these elements of a website are in place. Any errors discovered are identified by way of a soft-copy content edit as well as a web-page report.

Web-based editing includes checking elements such as: