Common Copy, a crib sheet for web developers
April 25, 2011 12:09 PM   Subscribe

Common Copy, a crib sheet for web developers
A quick and dirty page for any web developer who wants to crib all of that text you need for a properly functioning web site; account creation, forgotten passwords, login errors, etc. Free to use, just cut and paste it into your site.
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posted by Ookseer (7 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Just curious -- why have you spelled e-mail two different ways?
"The e-mail address or password you entered is incorrect. Please try again."
and form field labels:
Login /* Email
I'm pretty sure the hyphenated version is more correct...
posted by amtho at 9:03 PM on April 25, 2011

Hi everyone! I'm the author of the site.

@odinsdream, great idea, although I'm not sure if my HTML/CSS is really worth copying yet. I'll need to spruce it up first. I expected people to be more interested in the copy than the actual HTML.

@amtho - Good point. I'll do some research and try to normalize these. Sometimes I choose to display two options for copy, such as "Login" or "Sign Up", but Email was probably a mistake.

I'll try to keep up with the comments here, but please feel free to email me directly with advice and suggestions. My email is located at the bottom of the site.

- Bret
posted by clone45 at 8:22 AM on April 27, 2011

I like the general idea, but in a way I think the value in this is not so much that it provides a source of copy for pasting into user interface designs...

I think where the site could really find its niche is in providing templates for common sequences of user interaction. So, for instance, you could mock up all of the different forms and messages involved in validating logins, processing new signups and providing password recovery. Tie all these forms and messages together into sequences of interaction, perhaps accompanied with a corresponding flowchart for each sequence, and I think you'd be providing a useful set of prompts for people who need to develop these systems on a regular basis. Providing good copy that people can use would be more of a bonus feature.
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 2:53 PM on April 27, 2011

something about e-mail from the NYT
posted by amtho at 7:56 PM on April 28, 2011

Also understood it to be about the blocks of code as well as the wording, and hope you continue to develop it in that direction :)

The phrasing is great, further along in the project perhaps you would have people translate it for you too. Ideally each block would be functional, for example providing a simple but stable validation check on the inputs, ability to make them required etc. But maybe I am looking for a different project there.
posted by Iteki at 4:50 AM on May 8, 2011

I really like it. it's very useful, and Once I get my own site up and running (I run a cake blog) i am going to link to it as as a useful design tool.

Thanks for creating it :D
posted by Faintdreams at 6:18 AM on May 12, 2011

I'm late, but for what it's worth, AP Style recently changed their guidelines: e-mail is out, email is in.
posted by Kimberly at 10:49 AM on June 8, 2011

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