Just thought I'd let you know that the LC web style guide is on the public
site at http://lcweb.loc.gov/loc/webstyle/
It's quite extensive, and is more than you need to know for your purposes,
but just in case you need to find an example of one - here it is. A lot of
style guides were raided to find information applicable to our web site,
then Dr. Ben Schneiderman of the Human-Computer Interface Lab at U.Md.
offered his suggestions. After some more revisions by web people here, this
is the result.
A couple of things to keep in mind as you write up your lessons:
**Titles of the collections -
Please use the titles that you find on the Browse list in American Memory.
Yes, I know it's easier to say "Detroit" instead of "Touring
Turn-of-the-Century America", but the folks coming to the site for the first
time won't know that they are the same collection. It does get cumbersome
using the l-o-n-g title, so we on the Learning Page use shortened versions
in our presentations. You can find short versions on the Learn More About
It! page in the Learning Page. You can also look in the pop-up box on the
LC home page for shortened versions.
**Name of the historical collections:
The name is American Memory. It is a singular, non-count noun. It is a
collection of collections! We never say "American Memories."
The LC standard is the Chicago Manual of Style. We refer to it for hyphen
and apostrophe placement quite often. For instance, "Around the World in
the 1890s" does not have an apostrophe before the "s" because the "s" here
denotes a plural, not a possessive or third person singular contraction.
Please make sure that any links you create in your lessons are consistent
with the page to which you link. Check to make sure the words of the link
are the same as the words on the linked page.
One thing that is so true in this environment is writing styles must change
for web presentation. Reading comprehension requires clean,
objectively-written prose. Check out the web site reference at
http://www.useit.com/alertbox/9710a.html for tips on writing for maximum
student reading comprehension. I posted this link yesterday.
Hope all is going well with everyone. Heard great things about the
presentation in the Northeast! Applications for this year's Fellows program
are coming in. Yes, we are excited.
Have a great spring!