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Re: easy to navigate

From: Lois Wakeman <lois@lois.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 15:30:23 -0000
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Jonathan,

Some random thoughts on humane navigation in general:

Another way to look at navigation is to take the
location/orientation/direction approach: where am I now?/where do I want to
go?/how do I get there? Answer those on each page and you have it cracked.

Alphabetical can be good, as long as it is written like a professional
index - that is, using terms familiar to the audience and as many synonyms
and word forms as possible. Trade-off is length (difficulty in assimilation
and scanning) vs. usefulness (richness of terms).

Category/topic lists can sometimes be presented in alternative ways. For
example, in intranets or organisational directories, it is useful to have
listings by function as well as by org. unit/departmental structure.

Alternative ways to present navigational info on the page expected by
majority of users: menus at the left, link lists at the foot, home link top
left, breadcrumb trails etc.  Easily scanned links, with signposts for
standard kinds on info.

HTH

Lois Wakeman (with my IA hat on)

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