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Dimple Mohan <[log in to unmask]>
Sun, 27 Feb 2005 12:55:17 -0500
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In a recent discussion with my production manager about sitemaps I was 
told that every website  in our production process should have a 
sitemap link whether the site was a 10 page or a 10,000 page website. 
This link would simply list  the main sections and sub sections of the 
  In addition our sitemap deliverable was to be created in a top-down 
hierarchy even before we receive content from the client. In her mind a 
sitemap defines the content that is expected of the client.

I am new on the job and also I am from another school of thought and so 
before I go back to her with my ideas,  I wanted to read your thoughts, 
ideas and experiences with the same. Some questions I'd like to see 
answered are:
What elements comprise your sitemap deliverable? At what stage of your 
production process do you start creating this deliverable? Do you 
create one at all? If not how what are your approaches to offering 
navigation and content type suggestions to your client? Do you think  
metadata, content tagging and keyword site searches can mitigate the 
use of a site map? Would you recommend Site Indexes as a better 
navigation tool than site maps? Any research or writing to support your 

Also, I would appreciate if you could direct me to reports or writings 
or findings on the importance and approach to creating sitemap 
deliverables as well the popularity of the use of the site indexes in 
web initiatives today.

Dimple Mohan

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