> I guess answering this kind of question is out of the scope of this
> mailing list.
I can tell you how we handle it at the agency I work at. We regularly
create sites with thousands of pages.
1) Wireframes are created by the Information Architect detailing
functionality, based on client needs/wishlists. These are originally
done in Tinderbox or OmniGraffle and finalized in Illustrator.
2) Art director(s) create a Photoshop mockup of the finished site,
including layers to indicate state changes (such as hover states,
visited links, etc.) Every possible iteration of the site is comped.
This includes situations where the only change is a small sidebar
appearing. By doing this work in advance, in color, you are assured of
avoiding any "surprises" in your CSS later on.
3) Web developers like myself begin making stylesheet rules based on
the comps. The PSDs are sliced into the final graphics and optimized.
4) Test! Test! Test!
Color me gone,
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