best practices: integration of tools within a content site

29 Sep 2008 - 1:04pm
5 years ago
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ELISABETH HUBERT
2007

Hi all,

I took a look through the archives but didn't see any discussions on this
topic. If there are any you can point me to please let me know.

What I'm looking to do is put together a list of best practices for
integrating supporting tools into the content portion of a site. For
instance let's say I'm trying to plan for college and I go to a college
planning site (not sure one like this exists, but for examples sake). At
this site I can not only read about planning for college and get an
understanding of the event, but I can also input information regarding my
plan and see my progress along my planning path. I can calculate what my
budget will need to be as well as use other tools that give me a better
understanding of the topic and/or help me track my progress.

any ideas?

Thanks!
Lis

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5 Oct 2008 - 4:10am
netwiz
2010

On Mon, 29 Sep 2008 14:04:11 -0400, Lis wrote:

>What I'm looking to do is put together a list of best practices for
>integrating supporting tools into the content portion of a site. For
>instance let's say I'm trying to plan for college and I go to a college
>planning site (not sure one like this exists, but for examples sake). At
>this site I can not only read about planning for college and get an
>understanding of the event, but I can also input information regarding my
>plan and see my progress along my planning path. I can calculate what my
>budget will need to be as well as use other tools that give me a better
>understanding of the topic and/or help me track my progress.

Lis, I relate this to information and apps on an ecommerce site. Some
apps will be standalone. So for example there might be a budget
calculator that has some of the costs already factored in, and space
for the student to add others. Other apps might be integrated into the
flow, such as someone looking at different courses, might be able to
click to add a course to 'my favourites'. Look for points where
people would want to use the information in an app, and seamlessly
integrate between them.

* Nick Gassman - Usability and Standards Manager - http://ba.com *

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