Web Essays by Simon Windisch - Can websites be categorised into visual genres
Web Essays by Simon Windisch - Can websites be categorised into visual genres Web Essays by Simon Windisch - Can websites be categorised into visual genres Web Essays by Simon Windisch - Can websites be categorised into visual genres Web Essays by Simon Windisch - Can websites be categorised into visual genres
Web Essays by Simon Windisch - Can websites be categorised into visual genres
 
 

Definitions of Genre

Formal definitions of genre lead one to the conclusion that genre may be decided on the basis of style, form, tone or content (Heather Dubrow, 1982).

Content is often used to classify websites (e.g. Entertainment, Information etc.) but the other tools of classification seem to be less commonly used.

This is not the case in other media. For instance, a television programme may be classified by genre, based on its setting or style, rather than by content (i.e. a situation comedy is characterised by its jokes, serial format and laughter track rather than by what it portrays)(Stuart M Kaminsky, 1985). Poems may be classified by form (e.g. sonnet, limerick, and haiku). Plays may be classified by tone (e.g. comedy or tragedy).

In the case of visual genres, form and style may be important considerations.