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Creating a Module - General: Conceptualize
Review the Template Format
Building the module content requires some familiarity
with the layout and navigation used in the template set. Review the sample
modules of your Series type before beginning your module design. Keep
your module goals in mind. Try to envision your finalized site as a new
Navigation within modules varies. Navigation to each module
from the main Tech Alive pages has already been designed for you.
Design on Paper
Instructional Type Modules
- Navigation: Since the navigation is sequential,
only the page order needs to be established. Write a list of page titles
as a sequence. Note
the content type for each one, such as "paragraph and image", "paragraph
alone", "paragraph and animation and small image", and
- Layout: The Instructional Modules are
meant to be viewed full screen with little or no vertical scrolling,
similar to a PowerPoint presentation. For each page, create a rough
diagram of the relative layout of elements if there are more than two.
Use the existing 3 x
3 table layout as a start, and merge and split table elements to refine
the layout. If a single page has a lot of content, consider splitting
it into more than one page.
Overview Type Modules
- Navigation: Single page overviews don't
require internal navigation. Overviews consisting of a few pages may
have sequential navigation added ("Next" and "Previous" buttons), a
short table of contents on each page, or links in context with the
body of the main content.
- Layout: Overviews tended to be highly
structured with very specific content fields. Review the content specifications
before gathering your materials.
Traditional Website Type Modules
- Navigation: Traditional websites have
main menus and submenus. The navigation is essentially hierarchical,
with the start page "index.htm" at the top, the main menu
pages as the first layer, and an arbitrary number of layers under each
menu page accessed with submenus. Cross-referencing can be done with
links created in the main content of any page.
- Decide if you want a fairly flat structure or one with many levels.
Generally 2-3 levels are sufficient.
- Draw a flowchart of your site navigation.
- The main menu should be kept fairly general. Unless you want a long table
of contents, keep the main menu general enough so that new pages fall naturally
into the main menu categories.
- Note: The structure of site navigation is completely unrelated to the
location of web pages in a folder. All of your web pages can be in
the same level of the folder, regardless of how they're accessed
- Try to maintain consistency when creating subtitles on the pages
in order to accurately reflect the page levels and relationships.
- When creating submenus, remember that links can go to different
pages or to different locations on the same page.
- Layout: The main content can have almost
any layout of elements. A large number of small pages would require
a lot of submenu navigation. A small number of long pages requires
a lot of visitor scrolling, and content near the bottom of the page
may get less attention. Try to balance the content to have a moderate
amount of material and a reasonable number of related pages.
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