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Part II: Tier 1: Structure > The Structural Model: Understanding the Building B...

Chapter 5. The Structural Model: Understanding the Building Blocks of a Web Interface

“Unless one is a genius, it is best to aim at being intelligible.”

Anthony Hope
The Dolly Dialogues

Exiting the realm of the conceptual model, the second layer of the interface is the structural model. Unlike the conceptual model, which is not necessarily tied to a particular technology, the structural model is a direct descendant of the device or operating system underlying the application. For example, although the conceptual model of mail has been adapted to desktop applications, Web applications, dedicated devices, and custom software environments such as WebTV, a conceptual model’s specific expression varies from one environment to another, depending on its unique capabilities, interactive vocabulary, and usage patterns.


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