Do you know which are the common patterns for a graphical representation of a sitemap?

  • Do you want to present a sitemap for your clients or on a web site a a navigation tool? Commented Jan 13, 2012 at 9:13

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Hagan Rivers proposed a very useful model of representing a site's navigation during her presentation Escaping Navigation Hell, you should look into it. She says it's better to use an application map since the navigation system can be viewed as an application on itself that has the objective of taking you to the screen you need.

It's so much clearer than a regular sitemap, and it looks a lot better.


Flowcharts are the most common tool for visually representing site structure, as far as I know.

Here are a couple of examples:

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This is a sample of mobile phone menu navigation. This is just an idea.

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to Clara Gaggero for more details


You'd try to represent it like a flow-chart with links and interactions between pages.

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