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November 23, 2008



When I was an editor for Yahoo! I wrote the company's first editorial style guide and used info from Nielsen's study on reading on a computer screen to help justify my recommendations for writers and editors. Last year I was asked to update the style guide and looked for more recent data on reading speeds online, but found nothing beyond the early 2000s. Even Yahoo!'s large in-house usability research dept. had no more up-to-date information. I'm still writing for the Web (and blogging about writing on the Web at http://terriblywrite.wordpress.com). I'll be checking back to see if any of your readers can offer more recent research.

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