Resources for web writers

Jennifer Hamrick
Monday 4 July 2016

When writing for the web, you have to keep a lot in mind: format, accessibility, devices, audience, house style and more. Luckily, there are plenty of useful tools out there to help you make your writing as user-friendly as possible.

Editing

  • Hemingway Editor – a text-checker which highlights common problems that can get in the way of clear writing, including: sentences that are too long, unnecessarily complex words and the passive voice.
  • GrammarCheck – a free online editor that checks for spelling errors and makes style and grammar suggestions.
  • Grammar Girl – online tips to improve your writing; covers grammar rules and word choice guidelines.

Responsive design

  • Responsive Design Checker – quickly demonstrates how your web page responds to different screen sizes, from large monitors to iPhones.
  • Responsive Test – see how your web page responds to different screen sizes as well as custom-set dimensions.
  • Google Mobile-Friendly Test – analyses a URL and reports if the page has a mobile-friendly design.
Responsive Design Checker displays how your pages look on a variety of screen sizes.
Responsive Design Checker displays how your pages look on a variety of screen sizes.

Accessibility

St Andrews resources

  • Service manual – includes St Andrews’ policies on accessibility, links, social media and design principles.
  • Links policy – best practice for creating links that are easy to scan and navigate.
  • House style guide – follow the St Andrews house style guide to maintain a consistent tone across University web pages and to make sure your writing is meeting accessibility requirements.

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