Good writing for e-learning

George Orwell gave us six rules government wafflers (see my previous post) should use:

1. Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything barbarous.

I would add

7. Pay attention to your audience.

This post offers clear thinking about writing for the web.

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