SIGIA-L Mail Archives: RE: [Sigia-l] IA myths: conceptual model
RE: [Sigia-l] IA myths: conceptual model of navigation - was: mixing apples and oranges and tomatoes
From: PeterV (peter_at_poorbuthappy.com)
Date: Mon Apr 15 2002 - 17:12:38 EDT
>In questioning whether or not a user forms a conceptual model
>of navigation, I think, if I understand it correctly, you're not really
>questioning whether users form this conceptual model, but whether they
>are aware of forming it
Not really, I was really questioning the formation of a conceptual model.
Or maybe I was questioning *what kind of* conceptual model they form, since
IA's seem to assume sometimes it is related to the architecture they
develop - I don't think it really is...
I think the types of models they form may be more about "this is a
trustworthy site", "this area of the page is useless on this site", "Oh I
remember clicking on this before to get there, let's do that again" or
"that thing there is really reliable, if I click on it the same thing
always happens, so I'll try that again.". These models I'd guess are
probably 99% unconscious, and don't contain much information about the
information architecture or structure of the site.
But I have the feeling I'm missing a lot here - how do metaphors and
categories fit in this picture?
PeterV (aka Peter the Pernicious)
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