PDF in a Bottom-up Information Architecture

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Bottom-Up Information Architecture Q and A

This is another in a series responding to questions from my TC Dojo series on Bottom-up Information Architecture. Q: We are still frequently requested to deliver PDFs. What is the impact of this new way of writing when the deliverable also needs to be PDF? A: One of the things we have discovered about documentation […]

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Search ranking and bottom-up architecture

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Bottom-Up Information Architecture Q and A

Does a bottom-up information architecture improve search ranking? This is another in a series responding to questions from my TC Dojo series on Bottom-up Information Architecture. I have several questions from the second session on writing, but I’m still working off the backlog of questions from the first session on organization. (Because we are moving […]

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Content is a Republic

I’d thought the Content is King debate was over, but I saw it rearing its jester’s head once again recently. Argh! “Content is King” is a phrase that seems to have come out of content marketing to express the simple idea that content is now the most important form of marketing. Which is actually a […]

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The Manicouagan crater. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Reference vs. Learning in a Bottom-up Information Architecture

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Bottom-Up Information Architecture Q and A

Do reference and learning require different organization in a bottom-up information architecture? This is another in the series of posts addressing questions from my TC Dojo webinar on Bottom-up Information Architecture. Q: Is there a difference in looking for a specific information fact (such as the depth of the manacougan crater) versus a search for […]

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The role of the TOC in a bottom-up information architecture

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Bottom-Up Information Architecture Q and A

Is there still a place for a TOC in a bottom-up information architecture? Yes, but its role is different. This is another in my series following up on the questions asked in my TC Dojo webinar on bottom-up information architecture. Q: Is the TOC dead then? I’m used to structuring content based on an analysis of […]

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Bottom-Up Architecture Q and A: Organizing the Site

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Bottom-Up Information Architecture Q and A

Once the reader reaches an Every Page is Page One page, does it still matter if the site is well organized? It depends on what you mean by “organized”. This is another in the series of post dealing with questions from my TC Dojo Webinar on bottom-up information architecture. Q: I understand that the site […]

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Bottom-Up Information Architecture Behind the Firewall

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Bottom-Up Information Architecture Q and A

This is the second of the questions from my TC Dojo presentation on Information Architecture Bottom Up. Q: What happens when the information is behind a wall, such as proprietary applications? How is a bottom-up approach better in that type of scenario? A: The Web is the ultimate bottom-up information architecture. The Web is far […]

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Bottom-Up Information Architecture Q and A – Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Bottom-Up Information Architecture Q and A

I got a number of really good questions following my TC Dojo session on Bottom-up Information Architecture (below). I want to address the questions in a little more depth than was possible in the webinar. Q: I’ve attended multiple Every Page is Page One webinars. They get bogged down in theory but never explain what tasks […]

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You can’t size topics for specific information needs

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Topic Patterns

One of the biggest traps in topic-based writing it the attempt to size topics so that each one meets exactly one user information need. It is tempting to suppose that this is the point of topic-based authoring. If the book is the wrong size because people only use them to look up bits of information, […]

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