General Topic View Lite Guidelines
A Topic View Lite article is a condensed version of a Topic View - 125-250 words - and provides answers in a shorter format:
- Provide essential information, either in synopsis or list-like form. Give a brief, overview of the topic but be sure to provide a complete answer.
- Some articles may have an introduction and one required section, while others may need two or three sections to answer the question.
- Topic View Lite articles should not include more than three sections.
- Choose the direction of the article before you write and decipher the intent of the title, using the Titles/Formats section of the studioD General Guidelines. Choose an angle based on your research. You may use the Topic View Lite Style Guide Addendum: Suggested Angles as guidance.
NOTE: Titles are carefully vetted and chosen by a section expert. However, if the title is too broad and cannot be answered in less than 250 words, flag the title or query the Help Desk.
- How To, Topic View and Topic View Lite articles should contain one image, which will appear with the introduction of your article.
- Some templates allow multiple images to be added; however, unless explicitly directed to add multiple images by an editor, do not upload more than one image.
- Horizontal images are preferred over vertical.
- If you are unable to find a suitable image for your article, you may submit for review without one.
Sections (Section 1 is Required)
Complete at least one section, using up to three sections if the title warrants. Answer the question/query and provide enough explanation to complete the article.
Refer to the Section Headers & Subheads section of the studioD General Guidelines for additional instructions.
If your article is location based, include a location name or address that directly relates to your article.
Refer to the Location section in the studioD General Guidelines for examples.
Contain at least three unique "key concepts" in separate boxes, to summarize the article. Key concepts (or tags) are the phrases the reader uses to search for the subject of your article.
Refer to the Key Concepts section for more information.
All articles must include at least one reference, unless otherwise noted. This source can be a qualified expert, either offline or online.
The Resources field provides further information about the article that is separate from the References section. Think of this as suggested reading for the audience.
Topic View Style Guide Addendum: Suggested Angles
The research conducted before you start writing Topic View Lite articles will dictate the article's angle. Package the information in a way that provides the reader with a serviceable article. There are multiple angles to take; choose the one you feel best answers the title. Remember, thin articles that contain the bare minimum may incur a rewrite or rejection. Below are some options of possible angles.
When deciding an article's angle, research the topic, and consider the title's intent. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What would appeal to a general audience?
- What direction best serves the reader and speaks to my strengths?
- What's the most logical way to present the information? (Chronological? Biggest to smallest? Cheapest to most expensive?)
Topic View Lite articles may take one of the following directions:
- Summary: Some titles may call for a synopsis of the topic, such as "What is a Cloud Server?" In this case, structure your article to answer the question and provide a summary of the topic. Think of this as a mini encyclopedic-like entry. Avoid haphazardly answering the question with a brief, incomplete explanation, as these articles are likely to be kicked back for a rewrite. Instead, think abstractly, and choose subheads that sufficiently define the topic, such as Definition, Application, Considerations, etc.
- For example, if the title is "How is Taffy Made?", there are numerous ways to structure the article. The title is essentially calling for a synopsis of the process of producing taffy; possible subheads might include Basic Ingredients, Variations, Production and Packaging.
- If the title was "What Is Almond Milk," provide a concise but well-rounded synopsis of the topic. Appropriate subheads might be Definition, Varieties, Uses, Storage, etc.
NOTE: Many titles that are plural in nature, such as "Christmas Crafts for Schoolchildren," do not fit the summary angle. Instead, choose either a Thematic List or Itemized List approach.
- Thematic List: Some titles may call for a thematic list, such as "Types of Kitchen Utensils." The thematic list works best for broad topics that encompass more items than can reasonably be listed within the template. Try grouping the information with subheads that provide a complete roundup of the topic. Potential subheads could revolve around concepts, neighborhoods, ideas, themes or categories, just to name some.
- For example, if the title is "Types of Pasta," there are multiple ways to structure the article. Because there are numerous kinds of pasta, using the subheads to name a handful of individual pasta types won't provide a sufficient article. Instead, break different pasta types into categories. One option is to use subheads that focus on varieties of pasta; another option might be to focus on pasta regions. The content under each subhead would then include the specific names of pasta. See below for examples:
CORRECT: Ribbon Pasta, Strand Pasta, Tubular Pasta, Stuffed Pasta
CORRECT: Italian Pasta, Asian Pasta, German Pasta, Polish Pasta
WRONG: Spaghetti, Ravioli, Farfalle, Fettuccine
- Itemized List: Some titles may call for a particular list of specific items, such as "Different Species of Elephants." The itemized list works best for topics that comprise either one item or a handful of items, such as "Types of Emus." Choose subheads that cover the topic in its entirety or its near entirety. It's acceptable to include specific items as the subheads (as opposed to concepts or themes), as long as the subheads are the only items relevant to the title (and there aren't any items not included).
- For example, if the title is "What Are the MLB Teams in California?" it's acceptable to list each team, as there are only five MLB teams in California; subheads would include: San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. However, if the title is "What Are the MLB Teams in the U.S.?" it's unacceptable to list specific teams, as there are numerous MLB teams in the U.S., and naming a handful of teams doesn't completely address the title. (For a title like "What Are the MLB Teams in the U.S.?", use the thematic list or summary angle.)