SIGIA-L Mail Archives: RE: SIGIA-L: ia tools: automatic website
RE: SIGIA-L: ia tools: automatic website mapper
From: Linda Kolar (Linda.Kolar_at_thinkinc.com)
Date: Tue Jun 27 2000 - 14:44:31 EDT
The problem with automated mapping tools, from my perspective, is that they
are mapping all the links of a site. When we do a site map, we are
representing the basic organization of the content elements, with each page
"living" in one particular location. The /navigation/ structure is then
layered on top of that, allowing us to cross-link between pages in
additional ways, bypassing the core 'top-down' hierarchy in order to bring
other pages to the fore at relevant places.
No current automated tool is capable of distinguishing between 'core' links
between pages and these additional links. They all try to show all the
connections between all the pages. Think about it--if you have global
navigation links on your pages, from the software's perspective every page
on your site is connected to the main page of each of those sections, plus
any 'footer' links, etc.
That said, if anyone /does/ know of one that works well, I'd also like to
-- Linda M. Kolar, DVM MPH
Manager, User Experience Architecture
answerthink, inc. (Atlanta)
From: Montgomery, Gordon [mailto:gordonm_at_fusive.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 27, 2000 2:05 PM
Subject: SIGIA-L: ia tools: automatic website mapper
Anybody know of an automatic website mapping tool that actually works?
Free would also be good.
I've tried several which range from 0 to -5 on a scale of 0-10. :)
http://www.rewgroup.com/SiteMap/sitemap.html -- best example I've found...
Definition: a tool which scans the links etc of an existing wensite and
creates a pictorial representation.
That rep should also be viewable as an outline as well as a structured map.
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