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It’s Class Registration, Not War & Peace

Posted on Thu, January 1,2015 @ 16:31 PM

According to CNN Money and other sources, mobile devices with reader capabilities were bought in the millions each week at the end of 2011. You can literally write a book that people will read on their mobile devices. But should you, if you’re writing information for your student registration software system?


If it’s your job to make class enrollment easy, that includes limiting the quantity of reading and scrolling a registrant must do when signing up. The tips for writing for mobile devices are the same as for traditional delivery platforms, only amplified because the screen is smaller.

Make it easy on your audience
Put the most important information at the top of the page, including your registration form link. (Insert the link again at the bottom, too.) Keep away from florid, prose-style paragraphs. See this example. Keep it simple. Be succinct. Use 25-cent words in place of their five-dollar synonyms, etc.  Use headings and subheadings. Use bullets. Eliminate unnecessary words in lists, such as “the” and “a”.

Here how the above paragraph might look instead:

Your tips list

  • Lead with big stuff
  • Limit scrolling
  • Be succinct
  • Use short words
  • Lean on bullets
  • Employ headings/subheadings
  • Eliminate words such as articles (the, a)
  • Try it out

If you’re reading this blog on a mobile device, it’s gone on too long already. Enough said. 

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