Layout

Page layout

November 2003 - G. Buccellati
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Introduction
Organization of the page
The left vertical bar (red): discursive
The right vertical bar (black): analytical
The central window
How the display generated
Secondary side bars
Navigation

Introduction

refer to vertical bars for sake of perceptual overview
refer to authorship and narrative
give Freehand drawing with arrows pointing to direction of links (e.g. with frequencies)
refer to color scheme red and two shades of pink, black and two shades of gray, white for spreadsheets/database
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Organization of the page

     The organization of the page as it appears on the current screen remains the same at any point during the use of this browser edition.
     It consists of two columns (or vertical bars), to the left and the right, and of a main central window.
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The left vertical bar (red): discursive

     The column on the left presents the data in a standard archaeological format, based primarily on a discursive style and on tabulations. The arguments are presented in a sequential style, and the correlations of data in tabular format. The entry titles correspond essentially to chapters in a book. One can read this portion as if it were a book, with the added benefit of hyperlinks.
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The right vertical bar (black): analytical

     The column on the right gives the full inventory of data structured according to the system adopted by our project. This system is describd briefly in the upper part of the column. In the middle portion of the column one finds the full roster of constituents that make up the universe of this particular excavation unit. Clicking on any of these categories (e.g., aggregates), a window opens in the lower portion of the column with a list of all the individual constituents belonging to that particular category (e.g., a1, a2, and so on). Clicking on any of these, a window opens in the central portion of the page with the entire available record for that constituent.
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The central window

     The central window displays text and data, for which the columns on either side serve as hyperlinked indices.
     The window called from the left column is discursive and sequential in nature, much as in a conventional book publication. The left vertical bar may be understood as the table of contents, and the central window as the content of a chapter, with its internal subdivisions.
     When called from the right column, the central window displays a more structured organization of the material, which is discussed in detail in the section on data presentation.

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How the display is generated

     An important aspect of the Urkesh Browser Edition is that the largest part of the display is generated automatically through special programs. These programs process input files that are entered in a variety of ways, but always following criteria that are quite intuitive. The great power of the system as a whole lies precisely in this high level of interactivity made possible through the vast number of hyperlinks and computations, all generated automatically. The result is the interlocking of the vastest possible database, and the consequent quickest possible verification of assumed correlations.
     The portion that is generated manually contains both introductory information and a comprehensive synthesis, presented in the traditional "linear" style of archaeological reports. This is assembled after the global record proper (i.e., the portion that is generated automatically) has been completely assembled.

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Secondary side bars

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Navigation


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For a more technical description see the The Urkesh Global Record: Overview