While looking up an old blogging account of mine, I stumbled upon a #RattLem idea from many years ago.
I had made a suggestion to Google, sometime in Feb., 2013 regarding composing of emails.
People sometimes want to, or even unintentionally tend to write lengthy mails.
And people’s attention spans have become shorter [or unchanged, as per some reports, while number of distractions have increased]. Which means, most of us have lesser and lesser time and patience to read through any written matter. And since most of what we read is online, I felt there is scope for improvement.
My suggestion was that emails could have the option to group sections [remember the ‘Group’ option available in Microsoft Excel]. These sections would become collapsible. That way, the recipient of the email can quickly get a gist of the content, and could then expand any or all section if they want more details, and toggle back to birds-eye view whenever needed.
This would be better than overloading the reader with an endless sea of paragraphs that stand the risk of going partly unread.
Main points or key news headlines could be listed out, with details kept hidden by a [+] sign, so that recipients could expand and read more.
Let me know what you think, and if you have any better suggestions.