In my opinion, the Site Map is possibly the most important deliverable for any IA or User Experience project. The structure of the website needs to be pinned down before anything else can be started.
In the past it was acceptable to have seperate pages for each different area, but now with the posibilities of Divs, Tabs, Ajax etc it often makes more logical sense to have multiple areas of content within the same page.
How should we go about constructing site-maps if individual pages now contain multiple additional content?
As an example, I am working on an ecommerce site with the idea of having a landing page for each product, which contains tabs/AJAX expanders/UpdatePanel (or whatever is deemed to work best when we pin down the structure) for Customer Reviews, Videos, Full Product Specifications etc.
- Should this have a seperate Page Node on the sitemap for each of these tabs (and if so, how should these be discerned from standard pages?)
- or would just a single page node suffice provided the wireframes themselves have enough detail.