Tag Archives: topic size

You can’t size topics for specific information needs

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Topic Patterns

One of the biggest traps in topic-based writing it the attempt to size topics so that each one meets exactly one user information need. It is tempting to suppose that this is the point of topic-based authoring. If the book is the wrong size because people only use them to look up bits of information,… Read More »

Fewer People Read Longer Topics, and that’s Okay

Fewer people read longer topics. But it’s not something to lose sleep over, and certainly not something to shorten topics over. Tom Johnson has a recent  series of posts on topic length (Does DITA Encourage Authors to Fragment Information into a Million Little Pieces?, Do Short Topics Make Information More Findable?, and Why Long Topics Are Better for the User).… Read More »