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Moving Large Documents to the Web
Prioritize information into categories of critical, useful and useless. Don't convert useless material.
The principles taught by Dr. Robert Horn and Information Mapping, Inc. of Waltham Mass are proven methodologies for attacking large amounts of information. Some of their key principles that apply to large document conversions are as follows:
- Chunking - Group information into small, manageable units
- Relevance - Place related items together and exclude unrelated items from each unit
- Labeling - Label each piece of information to make it easy to find
- Consistency - Use similar words, labels, formats, organizations, and sequences when presenting similar subject matter to a specific audience.
- Integrated graphics and media - Use graphics as an integral part of the presentation, not as an afterthought (Web designers think that way already)
- Hierarchy of chunking and labeling - Organize small, relevant units of information into a hierarchy from small to large, and then label the larger group(s)
(Information Mapping, Inc. 1998)
Navigational design arises out of informational design. Once information is chunked or divided by user preferences, navigational schemes and data models are needed. Larger chunks of information are named and become navigational elements.
Site flow maps and storyboards pay for themselves when you can hand off an approved design to a proficient HTML programmer who does not have to research information flow while trying to meet deadlines. Site navigation schemes should be predetermined before writing code. When Web developers use rapid prototyping instead of storyboards, site flow diagrams become even more crucial. Sites that fail to diagram flow suffer from user paths that do not connect to each other; sites appear disjointed to end-users.
Created: February 2, 2001
Revised: February 5, 2001