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- Write for your audience
- Be brief: keep sentences, paragraphs, and pages short
- Use headings and subheadings
- Highlight important words
- Use an informal tone — there's nothing wrong with using contractions on the Web
- Speak directly to the reader — eg, use "you" and "I"
- Use the active voice
- Prefer verbs to nouns
- Use bulleted or numbered lists
- Use numerals for numbers — eg, 1, 2, 3, rather than one, two, three
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