The Look of Language Development Websites

I have been thinking through some of the presentation issues for presenting SIL International’s work on the web. As part of this I have also been looking at other organizations which are part of the language documentation and minority language revitalization movement. I recently ran across several nicely done web sites.

National Geographic Genographic Project

National Geographic Genographic Project

National Geographic Genographic Project

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The importance of writing for the web

Lets say it this way, If you want reader to comprehend the things you are trying to communicate to them, and then to act on something then when you write for the web:

  1. Make it short: People scan the web. This is part of making things readable.
  2. Make it readable: that is use pictures to explain concepts.
  3. Make it interactive: [Press the like button…]
You’ll notice that on my personal blog:
  • I do not write short blog posts.
  • I am trying to use more images and photographs to explain concepts.
  • And there should be a like button or a comments section.

Digital Literacy vs. Literacy in a Digital Medium

Introduction

Several months ago, I posted a question to Facebook about digital literacy.

What is the role or place of Digital Literacy in a company that values literacy as being vital to reaching its goals?

I have had several months to contemplate the question and I realize that I was a bit ambiguous in my question, or rather my question could not have been understood concisely. Digital Literacy can and is used to mean Continue reading