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Lesson 4 wk 9/15

Chapter 7, 8 & 9

Chapter 7

Navigation Systems

The navigation systems are composed of several basic elements, or subsystem. The global, local, and contextual
navigation systems that are integrated within the web pages themselves. The embedded navigation systems are
typically wrapped around and infused with the content of the site.

Building Context

When designing complex web sites, it is particularly important to provide context within the greater whole. Since many contextual clues in the physical world do not exist on the web.

Local Navigation Systems

The local navigation systems and the content to which they provide access are often so different that these local areas are
referred to as subsites or sites within sites.


Rules of thumb for designing guides include:
1. The guide should be short
2. At any point, the user should be able to exit the guide
3. Navigation should e located in the same spot on every page so that users can easily step back forth
through the guide.
4. The guide should be designed to answer questions.
5. Screenshots should be crisp, clear, and optimized, with enlarged details of key features.
6. If the guide includes more than a few pages, it may need its own table of contents.


To advent the Web for people have struggle to create useful tools that enable users to navigate in a more visual way.
The attempts to display online museums, libraries, shopping malls, and other web sites as physical places.

Chapter 8

Search Systems

Does you site need search?
Your site should support the finding of its information.
1. Does your site have enough content
2. Will investing in search systems divert resources from more useful navigation systems?
3. Do you have the time and know-how to optimize your site’s search system?
4. Are there better alternatives?
5. Will your site’s users bother with search?

Navigation versus destination

Destination pages contain the actual information you want from a web site: sports scores, book reviews, software
documentation, and so on. Navigation pages may include main pages, search pages, and pages that help you browse a
site. The primary purpose of a site’s navigation pages is to get you to the destination pages.

Query Builders

Are tools that can soup up a query’s performance. They are often invisible to users, who may not understand their
value or how to use them.

Grouping Results
Despite all the way we can list results, no single approach is perfect.

Exporting Results
Providing users with a set of search results.

Chapter 9

Thesauri, Controlled Vocabularies, and Metadata

Metadata and controlled vocabularies present a fascinating lens through which we can view the network of relationships
between systems. In many large metadata driven web sites, controlled vocabularies have become the glue that holds the
systems together.

Synonym Rings
Connects a set of words that are defined as equivalent for the purposes of retrieval. In practice, these words are often not
true synonyms.

Authority Files
Is a list of preferred terms or acceptable values. It does not include variants or synonyms.

Classification Schemes
Mean a hierarchical arrangement of preferred terms.

A book of synonyms often including related and contrasting words and antonyms.

Types of Thesauri
You need to choose to types for your website. A class thesaurus, an indexing thesaurus, and a searching thesaurus.

Faceted Classification
Five universal facets

1. Personality
2. Matter
3. Energy
4. Space
5. Time

The business world includes
1. Topic
2. Product
3. Document type
4. Audience
5. Geography
6. Price

Websites-PEW Internet & American Life Project

This website is set up with great labeling and navigation systems, by providing easy browsing using keywords & subject heading that are easy to comprehend. This website provides various of guidance in maintaining specific terminology usage with understanding. Designing complex websites it’s very important to provide good context to what you are building. .

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