The most basic of elements within your drawing program is creating site maps and task flows. To ensure that your creations can be easily interpreted by a wide audience, however, it’s best to use a standard set of shapes.
A site map is a visual representation of the pages within a website. Site maps are used to show how the content and functionality of a web site are organized. They typically show the relationships between pages and which pages contain dynamic or static content. Task flow are a visual representation of paths and processes that users follow as they use a web application. Task flows detail the screen flow and options that are presented to users as they use a system to complete a task. While a site map shows organization of content and functionality, tasks flows illustrate the user paths and key decision points.
Basic Elements of Site Maps and Task Flows:
- Page: the basic unit of user experience on the Web. There are a number of ways to draw these pages, but the simplest, most commonly used format is a plain As the progress through creating site maps and task flows, you will want to find the style that best suits you for labeling and numbering your pages.
- A pagestack: represents multiple pages of similar content. An easy way to comprehend pagestacks is to think of dynamic content, such as a common blog page created using a publishing system
- Decision Point: used to show the path that a user can take depending on the answer to a question
- Connectors and arrows: used to show movement or progress between pages, pagestacks, decision points, and so on. Connectors generally appear where there is a call to action from one page to another
- Conditions: A dashed line is a fairly common way to display a condition. it can appear in site maps, task flows, and other work product you may create or invent. You can use a dashed line as a connector or as a box around an area to highlight that a connection to a page or an entire section of pages is conditional based on some other action or event
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