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Roles in Userland
Note: When using the word 'Roles' here we do not necessarily mean Roles as in the Policy concept of Lenya, although the roles you decide to create should somehow reflect the different tasks people have in the website project.
The Architect will make fundamental decisions about the site:
- What kind of site is to be created? (weblog, corporate site, broshure, portal, ...)
- In what languages should it be available?
- What are the main sections of the site?
- Where should the content come from (manual entry, RSS feeds, Web Services, ...)
- Who is going to edit the content where and how? (Policies)
The Designer is usually concerned with the look and feel of the site. Based on the decisions of the architect (see above) he or she is responsible for a unique, usable and attractive presentation of the contect.
The desginer will make and implement decisions such as:
- What kind of menu should be used (simple text, tree like, dropdown (so called suckerfish) menus, ...
- Colors, fons and font sizes (actually: the CSS)
The Editor is concern with what information should be on the site. An editor will write the actual text that goes under the headlines that the architect has created.
Sometimes the roles of the editor and the architect might overlap or the two work closely together. The editor being a text oriented person will often have suggestions about how to structure the information that is to be presented on the site. This will impact the menu structure.