Passive vs. imperative linking

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Summary: Writers worry about whether links will distract users. To discuss this concern, we need to begin by distinguishing between imperative links that command the reader to click and passive lin…

Danielle M. Villegas‘s insight:

I’ve enjoyed chatting with Mark Baker when I’ve met him at conferences, and his blog certainly feels like an extension of conversations I’ve had with him. I’ve enjoyed reading the back-and-forth discussions he’s had with Tom Johnson of "I’d Rather Be Writing", and this is another contribution to one of their discussions (which is a response to Tom’s response for another one of Mark’s blog posts). Adding links within text is a slippery slope, and I think the conversation that Mark and Tom are having in their articles, which Mark tries to summarize and address in this blog post, show that it’s not as much of a cut-and-dry process as one would think. 

 

I highly recommend taking a look at this article–and the links. It’s a great discussion about the use of hypertext. 

–techcommgeekmom

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About TechCommGeekMom

Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who has recently started her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, and BASF North America, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog, TechCommGeekMom.com, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/daniellemvillegas, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog.
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