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Project 4: Website

Editing a website, due May 5 (by noon)

Deliverables: Letter to webmaster (including URL), electronic edit, style guide, evidence of all other edits (organization, ethical, etc)

For the fourth project, choose a website (notice that I did not say web page) that has multiple pages and/or parts. The Winthrop website has recently overhauled its individual pages, so please don’t use it for this project. Personal websites such as websites for people, teams, companies, or organizations are usually great for this type of edit.

Web Genre (Organization & Copy Clarification) (30%)

ADA Compliance – all information within the site is ADA-compliant

Links – all links are active; links reach destination within 2-3 steps; link titles are informative and useful; buttons allow readers to navigate forward, backward, and to desired points quickly; links accommodate different user-expertise levels and interests

Graphics – graphics are quick to load; “gee-whiz” graphics are used appropriately; graphics are appropriately cited

Substantive/Organizational Edit of the Document (30%)

Content Quantity – the right amount of the right kind of information is provided; information is concise

Content Quality – strong logic and arguments are supported by credible evidence; citations and references are included when appropriate

Organization – information is arranged effectively; navigational aides improve information access

Ethics – potential ethical issues are satisfactorily explored

Language and Mechanics Edit of the Document (30%)

Convention – errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, abbreviation, and numerical usage are corrected

Style – voice and tone are respectful and appropriate; information is gender-neutral and culturally inoffensive; active voice is used predominately

Editing marks – when used, marks are appropriate and correct; editor use of a style guide is evident; document adheres to the style guide

Letter or Memo to Author(s) (10%)

Content – right amount of the right kind of information is provided; information is concise; explanations or justifications of editing suggestions are appropriate; information is arranged effectively in chunks and/or lists with appropriate headings

Convention – grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, abbreviations, and number use are correct

Style – voice and tone are respectful and appropriate; gender-neutral and inoffensive; active voice

Credibility/References – editorial credibility is apparent; citations and references are included when appropriate

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