SIGIA-L Mail Archives: RE: SIGIA-L: blueprints
RE: SIGIA-L: blueprints
From: Louis Rosenfeld (lou_at_argus-inc.com)
Date: Thu Oct 19 2000 - 08:25:07 EDT
This is a great point. And it might throw a lot of cold water on efforts to
A standard notation might work if it was truly geared toward a single
audience, such as designers. But content authors are another audience.
Developers and engineers are another. Decision-makers and strategists are
another. The people maintaining the IA are another. I'm probably leaving
some out. And there is a lot of variation within each of those audiences,
not to mention project-specific needs.
In turn, problems with standardizing notation might doom the success of any
information architecture-specific software tools. If there isn't a standard
notation to build it around, what value would such a tool provide?
That's why I stick with a general charting tool, the unusable and
Redmond-owned piece o'junk known as Visio: it's an ugly, mangy, snarling
dog, but if I whack it around a bit and force it on a leash, that dog will
pretty much do whatever I want it to.
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> So I was chatting with a friend of mine who is a designer, and he pointed
> out, quite rightfully, that we are mistaken in trying to create a notation
> without consulting our users: designers. Who consumes these diagrams we
> create? How can we be certain we are clearly communicating with out
> dictating to design?
> Where are the designers?
> I keep thinking of the rational rose diagrams, which work very well for
> engineers and not anyone else. it would be nice if we can create
> a language
> that allows us to do more than talk to ourselves.
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