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Chapter 04. Phase 2: Develop Site Structure > Developing the HTML Protosite

Developing the HTML Protosite

Extending the wireframe process into building a Protosite can help to confirm the flow of the pages, the navigation, and the content. This is a nice-to-have, not a must-have. Budget and time allowing, it is an excellent tool to test the information design. The Protosite usually does not include functionality, although sometimes light scripting is involved. Usually the Protosite is just a simple wireframe (purely informational, no visual design, though a few colors are fine to separate navigation) made clickable through HTML [4.20].

For sites with complex functionality, developers will sometimes create an HTML Protosite of a functional section of the site in order to test the navigation, usability, page-flow, or actual functionality. The creation of a Protosite is not a necessary part of the redesign workflow; however, when time and budget allow, is a useful and often indispensable part of the validation process.


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