Case Study 2
Client: Departments of Agriculture the world over
are among the most documentation-intensive parts of national governments.
Food production is, by its nature, one of society's most decentralised
and fragmented activities, but at the same time, it is also one of the activities most strictly
controlled and monitored by government. Telecommunication and documentation
therefore play an unusually large role in these branches of government.
Product: one of our US Dept. of Agriculture projects turned
out to be one of the most ambitious ever devised with our products, using
a variety of fundamentally different menu concepts. The overall goal was
the management of one of the department's many documentation systems. The system
was to be available online across the United States to all parts of the food
production industry, and content was drawn from a vast and constantly expanding
database. The menu system not only had to be dramatically scalable, but also
visually capable of adapting to unpredictable dynamic content.
Special notes: as ever, we delivered tailored products, absolutely
on time, and more than meeting the ambitious requirements of the project. No other
suite of products could have provided the necessary power and flexibility.
- Sensomap navigation: at the initial level of navigation, a simple sensomap
navigation was chosen so that the user could select their state.
- The navigation subsequently branched, offering the user the choice
between a conventional tree and a less conventional tab/drop navigation.
- The tree menu navigation option used our iTree Pro-X Powertree menu.
- The tab/drop navigation option was a customised combination of our
iTab Pro QuickNavBar Type II tab menu
and X-Bar Ultramenu I. As the tab menu's
default AWT submenus could not sufficiently adapt to the unpredictable dynamic
content, the Ultramenu's superior submenu design (with features such as scrolling
and line-wrapping) were combined with the tab menu instead.