In contrast, many other of our sites provide absolutely no background material on their nature
and purpose, nor do they address their history and future.Typically the user can expect no men-
tion of the number of emblem books held in a given collection, the percentage of these books
available through the website, or future plans for the digitization project.
Definition of an emblem
The importance of clearly explaining what an emblem is for those unversed in the com-
plexities of emblems can not be overstated. Fortunately, a few of our emblem websites current-
ly in existence do feature good explanations. For instance, the Pennsylvania State University
English Emblem Books Project offers an acceptable definition of an emblem on its homepage,
although one aspect unique to emblems, namely, the inextricable link between pictura and text
in order for an emblem to be intelligible, could be more amplified.
The Penn State site does,
E a s i l y n a v i g a b l e s i t e s w h i c h i m m e d i a t e l y
s h o w c a s e t h e i r e m b l e m s
Offering easily navigable sites
The ideal emblem site would showcase, that is, immediately introduce and prominently dis-
play, at least one emblem to the first-time visitor. It would also feature either on its homepage or
a page immediately following a navigational bar (or sidebar) for subsidiary pages either at the top,
side, or bottom, which would link to all parts of the site.This navigational bar would remain vis-
ible throughout all pages of the site with exception of the emblem displays. Here again, the Penn
State University English Emblem Books Project site satisfies this requirement.
Illustration 4: English Emblem Book Project:
Definition of an emblem.
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