SIGIA-L Mail Archives: Re: [Sigia-l] designing an international
Re: [Sigia-l] designing an international contact directory
From: Noreen Whysel (noreenwhysel_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Thu May 01 2003 - 10:51:50 EDT
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(formerly combined as xNAL). It covers international issues and is a
>From: "Peter Cook" <peter_at_clearscope.com.au>
>Subject: [Sigia-l] designing an international contact directory
>Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2003 14:55:13 +1000
>I am doing the IA (and assisting with the database design) for a contact
>directory for a large international non-profit organization. The directory
>will consist of a public version available on the web, and a restricted
>access version that contains additional personal contact details.
>I would be most grateful for any tips about resources, or other advice,
>particularly in regard to the following issues. If anyone knows of any
>examples that have been implemented, I would love to see them. If you want
>to reply to me off-list, I will summarize all replies and post to this
>Some issues that I am encountering:
>1. We have identified about 6 levels within the organization:
>- Global region (Europe, Asia-Pacific etc)
>- Region within a country (optional)
>One issue I am grappling with is how to design an elegant way to quickly
>drill down to the appropriate level? (a search option will also be
>included). I have been thinking in terms of drilling down level-by-level
>(page-by-page). In some instances, two (or possibly 3) levels may be able
>to be displayed on one page by using sub-heads - for example: Country >
>Region > State/Province.
>2. We have decided that address details will be displayed in the language
>the particular country (eg, addresses for Germany will be in German). But
>the 'descriptive' labels in the directory (eg, 'Telephone', 'Email' 'Postal
>Address' etc) will be in English, because the at the moment the rest of the
>site is English-only. It is planned to have multilingual versions of the
>public web site in the future. So do we also change the language of the
>descriptive labels for the other language versions? (I think yes).
>3. I have already found some useful resources on the design of input forms
>for international use. See:
>4. An ancilliary issue, as far as the multiple language versions goes, is
>how to have a clear entry menu to the various languages from an entry page
>for the whole site. I think this may have been discussed before, but if
>anyone can refresh my memory I would appreciate it.
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