Planning Kit for a Quality Site for Small and Medium Sized Museums
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However well planned, the navigation tools of a site may prove insufficient for fast and reliable retrieval of information. The user may then need to contact the site (i.e. the organisation) on the basis of information found while browsing, or because the information sought is not found.
Certain features for use of the site are important on every page.
The user should have access to readily available help features on every page. These features should be located in an area of the page that contains elements for communication and general workings of the site.
Some typical elements of meta-navigation are:
All the elements of Meta-navigation should be grouped together in order to give the sense of a single block, present and visible on every page. A good position would be the heading of Page Structure, just after the logo.
One characteristic of the elements of Meta-navigation is that of opening a new window for each feature. Indeed, each feature requires further explanation, which can be briefly included directly in the page of the new window when it is opened.
Project 2005-02, last revision 2006-03-27, edited by WP5, Committee for
the development of a prototype of public cultural websites.