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Re: Usability studies Re: Breadcrumbs

From: Harry Loots <harry.loots@ieee.org>
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2004 10:45:23 +0100
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-Id: <20040806094523.M93274@ieee.org>

The research concentrates on active use of breadcrumbs and (regretably)
ignores passive use thereof. 

Breadcrumbs serves a useful function in that it provides feedback to the user
as to where they are within a sight. 

Active use of the breadcrumb would be to use this to navigate to a new page. 

Passive use would be to glance at the crumbs and re-assure oneself that you
have (for example) selected a correct category. 

Future research should address questions, such as: 
i) did the user use the breadcrumb to orientate (re-assure) them of their
location in the site?
ii) were the breadcrumbs useful?

On a positive point, there is very little research available on use of
breadcrumbs (most previous papers appear to have been 'expert opinions'), and
the potential for understanding this aspect of user interface design should be
greatly enhanced with further research and debate.

Ikhaya Internet Consulting
Good judgement comes from experience.
Experience, of course, is the result 
of poor judgement.
               - Geoff Tabin
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