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Re: SV: Site Map

From: David R. Stong <drs18@psu.edu>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2004 15:08:18 -0500
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>The concept of site map is dated and should be deprecated. Most users
>understand the concept of table of contents much better.


I'd appreciate hearing the origin of this statistic. I would think 
that many users with cognitive impairments would appreciate a "map"- 
a map being a visual layout of the layout of a site. It's very 
different from a table of contents; it manages to show relationships 
without text explanation. Kind of like a map.

A consideration for whether or not to use a site map could be who 
your audience is and what the content is. A science exploration site 
for grade schoolers may have it's ethos somewhat boosted by a graphic 
site map. A township's site showing office hours and contact 
information probably would not.
-- 
David R. Stong
Microcomputer Information Specialist (Graphic Designer),
Education Technology Services, a unit of
Teaching and Learning with Technology
Information Technology Services
The Pennsylvania State University
Phone 8148651843

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State College, PA   16801-4819

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