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Panel (Window) Flow for Online Information Architecture

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110955D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 4 page(s) / 89K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Timpko, D: AUTHOR

Abstract

Writers for products that include online information, such as helps, tutorials, or softcopy books, need an automated way to:

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Panel (Window) Flow for Online Information Architecture

      Writers for products that include online information, such as
helps, tutorials, or softcopy books, need an automated way to:

o   Understand the scope of the writing effort by identifying all of
    the individual nodes (or units) of information to be written,
    translated, and tested.

    Show, update, and document the following:

    -   The structure of the online information.

    -   The relationship of the online information to the product
        interface.

    -   The relationship of individual nodes of online information to
        each other when the online information architecture permits
        hypertext links between nodes.

o   Manage the development of online information by recording unique
    node identifiers and other administrative or descriptive
    information.

o   Provide a test case that identifies each node of online
    information for testers to use in conducting formal tests, such
    as component or system test.

o   Provide the same capabilities to translators as those provided to
    writers or tests.

The panel flow (also known as window flow) shows:

o   The hierarchical structure of online information.

o   The relationship of online nodes to the product interface and
    functions and to each other (links).

The HelpMaster tool automates the process of creating, updating, and
printing the panel flow.  In addition, it will allow writers or tests
to view the panel flow online.

The panel flow:

o   Relates each node of online information, where possible, to the
    program flow of control in outline form.

o   Indicates those nodes or groups of nodes that do not directly
    support an element of the end-user interface or product function
    and shows, where possible, either a hierarchical structure within
    groups of like nodes or some other logical relationship.

o   Records hypertext links between nodes.

o   Records information required for managing the writing,
    translation, and test of online information.

o   Identifies all nodes of information to be written, translated, or
    tested along with information that uniquely identifies or
    des...