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Navigation is one of the fundamentals, and we provide extremely powerful navigation options across all our products. As well as standard navigation through menu options and embedded links, as we all have got used to as standard, we also have a very flexible and in context based navigation called semantic. It is worth talking a couple of minutes to understand how this works.

Semantic Navigation

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Semantic Navigation has numerous benefits particularly when managing and navigating large amounts of information, by creating automatic alternative navigational pathways between information that exists independently of the sites traditional menu structure. We do this by using the information’s attributes (metadata), as both means of navigation to other related items, and for further filtering to other items. This means we can harness the inherent nature of the information, the characteristics and relationships to other information that shares characteristics, allowing us to provide a deep layer of contextual relevancy and to easily navigate between related materials. This means you can literally browse through information by clicking on relevant links within the data set, without necessarily using the main navigation.

The semantic pathways are set up in the CMS forms, make the whole process extremely simple and painless, and this is done through adding the pertinent information attributes. This technology significantly increases the value to the site in several ways: Navigation, expandability, user experience, and administration being the primary advantages. It is worth noting that this technology will maintain all the internal links, automatically saving a considerable amount of time in administration overhead. All the information in your website, knowledgebase and intranet would have the same process applied to it.

Breadcrumbs

A simple yet effective tool that shows the most recent pages visited. We add breadcrumbs as standard. You can see them in action at the top of this page!

Searches

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The site search is a generic function that will work with any word across the entire site, and this is expected to remain the same. The generic search will exist on every page. The results will be displayed in an A-Z format with categories for each result set to filter by. We can include an auto-fill function on this search box.


As well as site searches we can provide far more specific searches based on the information required such as this activity search. They can be as specific or general as you need.

Dictionaries

We realise that the actual content of a page may not necessarily indicate exactly what people are looking for so in addition we can add a further method of searching through a keyword search, which will have additional text to support it and could be described as ‘I am looking for information on: Initially we discussed using the title to search, but having looked at this, titles can be too generic and do not necessarily reflect the content of the article as they are context based (for instance: ‘Speakeasy advocacy service’ – is related to autism, but would not show up in an autism search as it is not in the title), so having this granular approach allows very specific and targeted results. In order to facilitate this we intend to build a dictionary of words that can be extended over time. We intend to initially build the dictionary semi-automatically, by parsing all the words in the articles that are greater than four letters long into an excel sheet and deleting the ones that are not required. We will then load the keywords into the dictionary that will bring it up to date.

Admin Info

Section Navigation
Author Simon Ford
Created 2013/05/07
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Admin Functions

Delete all semantic links