[thelist] IA - Visio Tricks - Menu Templates

martin.p.burns at uk.pwcglobal.com martin.p.burns at uk.pwcglobal.com
Wed Oct 31 12:45:36 CST 2001

Memo from Martin P Burns of PricewaterhouseCoopers

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muinar wrote:

> Can you elaborate a bit on this? Sounds interesting  ;)

> >Ever consider doing your prototyping/wireframe development in HTML
> >to start with? :-) -- create simple components and include them as
> >desired using your preferred choice of {SSI|JSP|PHP|CF|ASP|*} ...

>Well, maybe it's just me, but I utterly don't understand wasting
>time "prototyping" a site in Visio or Photoshop - it's not like
>HTML is exactly difficult, eh?

Because it's quicker to iterate and doesn't raise client
expectations about "It's going to look exactly like *this*"

>And if you use any kind of dynamic server technology (as above),
>you can easily make templates to include your standard components
>(logo, menus, text blocks, whatever) in different configurations
>to see what works best (or what the client likes, or ...).

Takes longer than a Visio or Powerpoint mockup. And takes more
people on the whole, particularly where you have separate design
and build teams.

>* you've got something you can put in front of people for usability
>  testing without saying "imagine this is in a browser" ...

That's the next stage, once the real screwups are out - less
rebuilding work when you iterate.


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