Last updated: 7 January, 2020
"Imagine a collaboratively developed, universal content style guide, based on usability evidence." Sarah Richards, project founder.
Sarah Richards of Content Design London asked in 2018 if working together we can create evidence-based style readability guidance. Content professionals in multiple sectors held regular, live, global discussions for a total of 24 weeks. Collaborators agreed:
an open community of content people would contribute to a single style readability wiki,
the project would rely on formal usability evidence: usability studies and academic research papers.
found evidence to answer 17 priority readability questions,
created over 80 consistent guidelines, full list: Readability Checklist,
identified top level findings,
agreed some style points need usability testing.
How to join in:
explore this wiki, there are 83 guidelines so far,
read the Readability Guidelines posts on the Content Design London blog,
watch Sarah and Lizzie's London Accessibility MeetUp talk,
share links to usability studies and academic research evidence in the comment sections on each wiki topic page,
follow #ReadabilityGuidelines on Twitter and LinkedIn,
tweet to @ContentDesignLN to let us know you're using the wiki or book, we will add you to the Readability Guidelines Hall of Fame.
We've reached full capacity in our Slack community, and cannot currently invite new members. Please add links to usability studies in the comment section of the relevant wiki topic page.
This is a totally open project. You're welcome to comment on, and suggest edits for wiki pages. Please:
make any comments in the spirit of positive open learning,
read current wiki pages carefully and study existing evidence before making comments and edit suggestions,
include usability evidence to support any comments and edit suggestions.
If you're super keen on helping, please assist with creating, maintaining and updating wiki pages. Lizzie Bruce is leading on the Readability Guidelines project for Content Design London. To find out more about wiki editing please email Lizzie.
Any other comments or queries, please get in touch on twitter @ContentDesignLN.