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RE: The Page Paradigm

From: Chris O'Kennon <chris@vipnet.org>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2004 10:20:01 -0500
Message-ID: <C899CA807976C348A3B82216697F4ECD55A748@iexch1.windows.vipnet.org>
To: "Lee Walters" <lee@assistguide.com>, "WAI-GL" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
 I didn't find this particular article all that insightful.  Lee's
comment is a good one, and missed entirely by the article's author.  It
might possibly apply to a site that has but one single goal process, but
few of those creatures exist.  Even a site that sells nothing but
clothing has a more complex process than just "I want to buy a size 3
shoe."  What about the user who wants to contact the company, apply for
a job, find out something about them, find out their policies, or take a
look at that nice sweater on the home page?
 Do users care where they are on a web site?  Usually, no, they don't.
Might they want to find their way back to a number of other parts of the
site?  Yes, they do.  Bread crumb navigation isn't just to show off the
information's hierarchy, it's also to show how to find your way back the
way you came.

Chris O'Kennon
Commonwealth of Virginia Webmaster/
VIPNet Director of Portal Architecture
(W) 804.786.6216
(C) 804.314.8565

-----Original Message-----
From: Lee Walters [mailto:lee@assistguide.com] 
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2004 10:09 AM
To: 'Joe Clark'; 'WAI-GL'
Subject: RE: The Page Paradigm

"Adding superfluous nav elements, just because they're consistent with
the rest of the site, is just silly."

How do you determine the goal of every user coming to the site?    

If I wanted to read another article on this site I would have to go
backwards to go forwards.  Consistent navigation allows the user to keep
moving forward. 

- - -

Lee Walters

-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org] On
Behalf Of Joe Clark
Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2004 6:10 PM
Subject: The Page Paradigm


"Users don't care where they are in the website."


     Joe Clark | joeclark@joeclark.org
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