Rules for web writers

George Orwell set six rules for writers](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politics_and_the_English_Language#Six_rules):

  • Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
  • Never use a long word where a short one will do.
  • If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
  • Never use the passive voice where you can use the active.
  • Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
  • Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

When writing for the web, follow Orwell’s rules to communicate clearly without boring your reader.