Well, I'd be interested to hear the opinion of others since I'm doing the
same thing as you right now and sometimes I wonder if there's a better way
to do it. I was thinking about writing something on this for my site but
I'll tell you the story here.
It's important to remember that navigation is not the same as a content
structure because the former often looks different to the latter. I have
about 2000 units of content to remodel and since this is a policy/publishing
environment, the decisionmaking process is especially involved! Firstly we
hammered out labels for the new themes and categories to be used using a
card sorting exercise. One task after that has been to migrate existing
content over to the new structure, which sounds similar to what you're
We had some page crawler software (no idea what that was, sorry) create an
Excel spreadsheet which I converted to a flat XML file. Using a web page
functionality), I drag and drop each unit into the correct section and flag
it with a fixed set of options including things like [REDISTRIBUTE],
[DELETE], [DISCUSS]. Then I sort the results to create a report which can be
put in front of the business.
I'm wondering what tools people use to create large scale menu structures.
For instance, if you were asked to work with a hierarchical menu for a 10000
page site, how would you manipulate the menu?
Currently, I use Word's outlining feature, which lets me see structure
easily, expand and contract categories, promote and demote, and so on. I use
a style called "Note" to write notes to myself about a particular section or
item, which I can later delete or keep to show in the documentation later.
To create pages I either type them in myself (sigh) or (brightens!) import
them after creating a sitemap list with a spider or client sitemap.
Does anyone have something better? I've seen people working in Excel but I
find that clunky. Axure has a sitemapping tool which seems to be more about
linking to pages inside Axure, ditto Visio. Intuitect has something but I'm
not familiar with it, and it seemed when I looked at the demo that you
couldn't export it out afterwards or import pages in, forcing you to create
each one yourself.
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