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RE: Breadcrumbs

From: Dennison, Sharon <Sharon.Dennison@ato.gov.au>
Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2004 11:10:10 +1000
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DP >sheesh, Why not just show us only the content of the page we are on
and we wouldn't need to know where we've been or where we need to go

While this statement makes good sense when viewing content which you
have navigated to youself, breadcrumbs prove particularly useful when
users have been linked through to lower level pages of a site when
coming from another site or search engine page. For example, if a user
is linked into a 4th or 5th level page in a large site they can then use
the breadcrumb links to move up a level to view 'like content', rather
than having to start from the beginning and find their way through the
standard navigation.  In this instance breadcrumbs also aid the user to
build a 'mental picture' of how the site is structured and where the
content is placed within this structure.

Having said this I can see how hearing "greater than" between links may
not be the best approach for someone using a screen-reader. 

Sharon Dennison



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