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Pattern Group A. Site Genres > External Resources

External Resources

When building a grassroots information site, use basic organizational and navigational principles. Avoid long lists of EXTERNAL LINKS (K8) because visitors have no way of knowing which are interesting and which are not. Editorialize by adding a few comments about each link, describing what kind of content the site has and what you thought of the site. This information helps visitors find what interests them and lets them know more about your personality, outlook, and standards.

If there is an especially large number of links, organize them by grouping similar content together and then labeling the group with a high-level name. Try to make the list of external links fit on a single Web page that can be viewed without excessive scrolling. If the list becomes unwieldy, break it up into separate pages with 15 to 20 links per page, and provide a top-level directory of categories so that readers can find the particular information they're looking for quickly, or jump to one of the recommended sites. Keep the number of top-level links leading to categories or external sites to less than 20. Break all lists of 20 or greater into subcategories. See HIERARCHICAL ORGANIZATION (B3) for more information on creating categories.


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