2 Inner Structure of this Website

Friday 22 June 2007
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The inner structure of this website is based on a two dimensional matrix with the following axes:

  • General Categories of Convivial Tools
  • Approaches to Convivial Tools

The General Categories of Convivial Tools are found in the headings spread across the top of each page of the website, as follows:


General Conviviality Technical Conviviality Mental Conviviality Social Conviviality Personal Conviviality


Note that there are 5 headings but only 4 actual categories of tools, since "General Conviviality" is a transversal heading, with a different internal organisation than the others.

The Approaches to Convivial Tools are standardised sub-headings under each category of Convivial Tools. These standard subheadings are as follows:

  • Principles concerning the Tools
  • Tool Families
  • Design of the Tools
  • Related Themes about the Tools
  • Sources of Information about the Tools

The matrix thus presents the Categories of Convivial Tools along the horizontal axis, and the Approaches to Convivial Tools down the vertical axis, as follows:


Technical Conviviality Mental Conviviality Social Conviviality Personal Conviviality
Principles Principles of Technical Conviviality Principles of Mental Conviviality Principles of Social Conviviality Principles of Personal Conviviality
Tool Families Families of Technical Tools Families of Mental Tools Families of Social Tools Families of Personal Tools
Design Design of Technical Tools Design of Mental Tools Design of Social Tools Design of Personal Tools
Related Themes Themes about Technical Tools Themes about Mental Tools Themes about Social Tools Themes about Personal Tools
Information Sources Information sources about Technical Tools Information sources about Mental Tools Information sources about Social Tools Information sources about Personal Tools


The difficulty with this structure is that the Approaches tend to be transversal across all tool categories. Therefore, to avoid repetition, the primary discussion of each approach is presented under the category of Technical Conviviality. The other categories give only discussion of special aspects of the approach that apply to the specific category.

The headings corresponding to the "Approaches to Convivial Tools" are described in more detail hereafter.


Convivial Principles concerning the Tools

This sub-heading includes articles that describe the specific principles of conviviality for the tools of each category.

As explained above, the primary discussion of convivial characteristics is found under the category of Technical Conviviality. The other categories present only discussion of special convivial characteristics applying to those specific categories.


Tool Families

This sub-heading includes articles presenting the detailed description and evaluation of the different tools in each category.

For the Technical Tools, this sub-heading is divided into three parts, as follows:

  • 3A Families of Technical Tools
  • 3B Technical Documentation (User Manuals, On-Line Help, etc.)
  • 3B After-Sales Service (Telephone Help Lines, Warrantees and Repairs, etc.)

The Families of Technical Tools sub-heading includes general articles about Technical Tool Families. Specific detailed information about the different tools will be presented in a separate website, the Convivial Tools Wiki.


Design of the Tools

This sub-heading describes the design of the corresponding category of Convivial Tools.

As explained above, the primary discussion of convivial design is found under the category of Technical Conviviality. The other categories present only discussion of special aspects of convivial design applying to those specific categories.

Note also that design of the tools is only one step in the development cycle. General considerations on the Development of Convivial Tools are presented under the heading General Conviviality.


Related Themes about the Tools

This sub-heading includes articles on themes related to the corresponding category of Convivial Tools.


Sources of Information about the Tools

This sub-heading includes articles describing existing sources of information and documentation about the corresponding category of Convivial Tools. This includes both hard copy information(such as technical specifications, typical user’s manuals, etc.) and electronic information (such as CDs, websites, on-line help, etc.).


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