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6. Taking a position on menus
Whatís your opinion of the cognitive burdens on the following sites? Please include generous samples and URLs in your position statement.
Review the menu system for your organizationís Web site, starting at the Home page, and moving down one or more paths to the lowest possible level.
Report your thoughts at each click, your feelings, your physical sensations. Provide us with a narrative of the moment-to-moment experience. At the end, if you have any suggestions, make a list of recommendations for your Web-meister.
My Own Menu
Take a large complicated document that you have worked on (whether solo or collaboratively). Create a menu system for its online delivery.
Now write up what questions you encountered, what challenges you faced, how you came to think about the writing and organizing involved in making a menu system.
Although you must describe some aspects of your graphic interface, please keep the focus on the aspects that involve writerly skills.
Testing Out Menus
Review the menu system for one of the following Web sites, starting at the Home page, and moving down one or more paths to the lowest possible level.
Report your thoughts at each click, your feelings, your physical sensations. Provide us with a narrative of the moment-to-moment experience of menuing. At the end, if you have any suggestions, make a list of recommendations for the site:
About.com News: http://home.about.com/medianews/
Columbia Journalism Review: http://www.cjr.org/
Custer Battlefield: http://www.cbhma.org/
Defense Link News: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/
Getty Images: http://www.gettyimages.com
Metropolitan Museum: http://www.metmuseum.org/
Native America Calling: http://www.nativeamericacalling. com/
New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/
State of New Mexico: http://www.state.nm.us/
The Hill (Congressional news): http://www.hillnews.com/
The Smithsonian: http://www.smithsonian.org
The Smoking Gun: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/
How to make your menus meaningful:
Resources on menus
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