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Navigation Basics


Navigation chart – shows way around website.

Can be one chart or split for different navigation levels.

Four main types of navigation:

  1. Linear
  2. Non-linear
  3. Hierarchical
  4. Composite, or Complex

Good principles:

  • No more than seven (plus/minus two) nav buttons
  • “3 clicks convention” – user never more than three click from main page
  • Keep it simple
  • Label buttons or use text navigation
  • Consistency – nav in same place on each page
  • Use colour or headings/sub-headings to assist user in where they are within system
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