Document Design and Production



Critical thinking paper #2

Critical thinking paper overview

from Writing for the Web p. 280.

Readers are no more captive in print than they are on the Web. The decision to read is always a conscious one, and readers can decide to terminate their reading at any point—due to disinterest, inability to comprehend, boredom, lack of time, change of circumstance, or simply because they reach the end (Goodman 1985, p. 835). Authors such as Dervin (1983) recognize that information can’t be pushed onto captive audiences. Instead, readers will access what information interests them (or answers their questions) at the time that is most convenient to them and use the medium that they choose.


The users, not the information designer, decide how much time and effort to spend trying to find and understand the information they need.

How does these relate to the design of the information? Explain what these mean as it relates to how a reader perceives a text? Consider the writer who has produced what they consider a perfect text...it contains accurate and complete information and is grammatically perfect. Many manuals and reports fit these criteria, yet are considered unreadable. What's the problem?


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