Part of: Audiences, devices, channels
Mobiles and tablets
Last updated: 6 January, 2020
Following this helps people with:
mobiles: content needs to be concise and clear
tablets: content needs to be concise and clear
laptops: content needs to be concise and clear
desktop computers: content needs to be concise and clear
Accessing content on a mobile device exaggerates many readability issues due to the small screen size.
Improving content presentation and interaction for mobile use will generally improve its usability across all devices.
This can help you make your content concise and accessible.
If you are considering for example how long a paragraph is, think about how much longer it would be on a mobile. That might help you decide whether it should be split into 2 paragraphs.
This saves users from scrolling across and down or searching around for the link and getting lost or frustrated. It also helps users who have a small area of visual focus.
Find out how they interpret and interact with the content. Did you write something that can be understood in different ways? Did anyone use their mobile in ways you did not expect?
Reading on mobile, Amy Schade, Neilson Norman Group, 2017
Mobile first is not mobile only, Raluca Budiu and Kara Pernice, Neilson Norman Group, 2016
Do mobile technologies reshape speaking, writing, or reading?
Naomi S. Baron, SAGE Journals, 2013
Mobile App Design Fundamentals: 10 Tips for an Effective Content Strategy, Britt Armour, 2017
'Content strategy for mobile', Karen McGrane, 2012
How to Create Mobile Friendly Content, Neil Patel, undated