Re: WWW Strengths & Weakness

David R. Woolley (
Wed, 7 Jun 1995 13:48:43 -0500

Brad Cox says:

>I routinely download entire novels to my laptop to read on the plane,
>preferring this to the usual paperback fare. I regularly read long
>documents from the web, preferring them to paper as a rule.

Okay, let me amend my statement. *Most* people dislike reading long text 
documents on a computer screen.

It's always a good idea to take your audience into account. If your 
audience is Brad, you'd do well to give him a few megabytes of ASCII.  But 
as a general rule, people will tend to skim or skip long text documents on 
the Web.

Sometimes it's a good idea to give people the option of downloading a 
version of a document in, say, Postscript format, so it can be printed and 
read offline.