6:10 Set Appropriate Page Lengths
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Document Type: Guideline
Page Structure - General
Make page-length decisions that support the primary use of the webpage.
Use shorter pages for landing pages and navigation pages, or any page that requires quick browsing. Use longer pages for uninterrupted reading, to match the structure of a paper document (e.g., news releases), or to make pages convenient to download and print.
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