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Visual Tree - Organizational Intranet/Extranet Management System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016650D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Jul-08
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jul-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 135K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Software providers have deployed client side tools to be used by customers all over the globe. Since these are client side tools, the dissemination of information is crucial to the success of product installation and usability. With a fast paced market, developers do not have enough time to distribute highly informative documents and develop quality products simultaneously (although it still manages to happen). An installation problem or usability issue experienced by a customer in one locale must be shared immediately to others in the world as well. A website is a perfect medium to share information world-wide. However, website maintenance involved is too intense, such as simplifying the navigational structure of a large scale website, overhauling the usability of the content, and submission of new information.

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Visual Tree - Organizational Intranet/Extranet Management System

  Software providers have deployed client side tools to be used by customers all over the globe. Since these are client side tools, the dissemination of information is crucial to the success of product installation and usability. With a fast paced market, developers do not have enough time to distribute highly informative documents and develop quality products simultaneously (although it still manages to happen). An installation problem or usability issue experienced by a customer in one locale must be shared immediately to others in the world as well. A website is a perfect medium to share information world-wide. However, website maintenance involved is too intensive, such as simplifying the navigational structure of a large scale website, overhauling the usability of the content, and submission of new information.

Solution of Problem

     One solution is to provide a resource with logic to dynamically link information within a website, provide multiple views of the same information, and allow multiple users to add new information in a systematic and controlled process. This solution has been designed using a layer model. The View layer allows the user to dynamically update page templates to show different navigational scenarios. If the meaning of information changes, the navigational structure can dynamically update the website based on user requirement. The most optimal scenario only requires two to three clicks to take a user from any one page in a site to any other page. Instead of managing the site architecture whenever a new element redefines a web site, let the site navigational paths adapt itself to the new changes. The user can accept the system defined associations or extend with a much different navigational path. This is done by dynamically selecting different navigational paths and/or templates.

     Another layer, the Access layer, allows users to add and disseminate their own information. This is great for developers as the user has a practical understanding of tools usability. So, why not l...