Do you write UI copy? If so, what tools do you use? How do you deliver it?
Here’s what I’ve been doing:
- Get images or screenshots of the UI that needs copy.
- Place the images in Pages (a Word processing/layout app for the Mac. You could use Word).
- Inside each image: Draw colored boxes around the copy I’m changing. Each block of text gets a different color.
- Below each image: Draw boxes to match the colors and general position of the boxes in the image above.
- Fill in the boxes below the image with the copy I want to use.
- Deliver it as a PDF, with an explanatory first page.
The explanatory first page looks like this:
- Developers can copy and paste from the boxes below the images. No typing and no typos.
- It’s obvious which copy needs to be changed and which doesn’t.
- Product Managers and other stakeholders get an idea of the copy and placement.
- I don’t spend much time with layout. I just put the boxes sort of where they should go.
- Color-blind developers? I’m not sure what changes I’d have to make.
- Converting from or to Word can screw up the boxes, so check the doc if you have to convert.
Does this method make sense to you? Is there a better way? How do you deliver UI copy?