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Re: links to external conten t- maintaining navigation

From: Michelle Podd <mpodd@iqnetcom.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2001 14:11:00 -0500
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Hi Terry,

Thanks for your response. Someone else responded to me off list and
basically said the same thing...Frames are bad ...and... people will go back
in their history (left arrow in Lynx).

I don't use frames normally, I understand and agree with all the reasons why
you shouldn't frame someone elses site. But as a portal, users would come to
us because of our collection of links to other sites. We expect that they
would spend some time browsing an external site, then want to come back to
our site for more links. The back button becomes impractical after so many
links are followed.

I see this as a usability issue as opposed to a stickiness issue. We don't
want to control the users' experience, just help facilitate it. How can we
make the experience practical and useful for the user who uses our site as a
launching base but will want to return several times during a session?

If frames are not the answer - what is? Without using popup windows or
relying on the back button, how can you offer an easy way back to your site?

FYI - the project is in its infancy so the design isn't set yet and we have
a ways to go on the content. I'm a newbie at accessible web development but
want to get it right without offending anyone in the process. I appreciate
your feedback.

Michelle Podd
Received on Tuesday, 16 October 2001 14:05:05 UTC

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