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RE: breadcrumb and poker (usability >> accessibility?)

From: Matthew Ogston <matthewogston@hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2003 13:39:55 +0000
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
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>Home | Media | Music || jazz | Pop | classic | soul | country
>This is shorthand for a breadcrumb trail with sibling links
>does anyone know of any live examples?

My preferred use of breadcrumbs is the following:

Home > Music > Jazz

In this example, Home and Music are links to their respected pages, while 
Jazz has no link and is displayed with a stronger font to indicate that it 
is the current page. This is a method favoured by usability experts, Jakob 
Nielson and i think also Steve Krug, so it has good research behind it.

A good example can be found here:
(however, Google does not emphasise the last item in any way)

Traditional breadcrumbs only display the logical route to the current page. 
Offering sibling links moves away from this model and may confuse some 

If you are going to offer sibling links then maybe just offer them as 
separate options underneath and away from the breadcumbs?

Including sibling links within the breadcrumbs just duplicates links that 
may otherwise be found in your main/sub navigation?


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