While I’m sticking with my plan to do no actual writing for Cites & Insights until after ALA, I did do a little thinking and work–and could use feedback on the work.
At one point, I was considering making C&I “web first”–writing articles with live links and designing the HTML version first, then flowing the articles into the PDF version (with possible changes) later, possibly making the two different.
Given the overwhelming enthusiasm for that change–other than the “it’s just a blog, who cares?” comments, which I’m choosing to ignore–I’ve moved to a different potential strategy:
- Do add hyperlinks to sources named, in Word itself, which would mean the PDFs will have blue underlined text areas–but also that the HTML versions will have live links. (Unless I’m mistaken, the links in the PDF should also be live.) (Note: If I add hyperlinks to the source titles, I will omit the plain-text URLs that now appear from time to time, which should simplify layout to some extent. Does that reduce findability for the source material?)
- Don’t go “web first” or have the text differ between the two. As long as C&I continues, the PDF will be the authoritative version, and it would simply be confusing to have different text in different sources.
- Do clean up the “web” template to be more consistent–and make sure it’s used properly when converting an issue to web chunks.
I’ve done some work on that final bullet.
This special version of “Perspective: Reading about Writing” uses the revised web.dotx template. You can compare it to the Perspective as it appeared in the April 2011 issue.
Is it better? Worse? About the same? Does the regular body type need to be larger yet?
I think the new version looks much better in print-preview mode. I’m not sure what I think about the on-screen look, although it is more consistent, at least.
Comments welcome. I might or might not tweak the template again before the next issue (whenever that may be). I won’t respond to comments left between Thursday evening and next Monday evening, not until I return from ALA Annual.