Web Site Navigation Best Practices - Use of Tabs, Mouse-overs, Breadcrumbs and Left Hand Column Navigation

31 Mar 2008 - 10:33am
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Hickman, Oliver...
2008

Can anyone refer me to some material that explores user interaction
design best practices in the context of using various web site
navigation constructs (tabs, mouse-overs, breadcrumbs and left hand
column navigation)?

I have managed a number of employee portal implementations over the
years. These implementations have involved a variety of vendor portal
(and web content management) products but they typically, in varying
degrees, leverage some combination of tab, mouse-over, breadcrumb and
left hand column navigation functionality.

>From a user interaction design best practice perspective, are there any
guidelines available as regards the following?

1) The use of one or two levels of tabs to govern the high level
employee portal information architecture

2) The use of the left hand navigation column navigation in
combination with the tab navigation construct

3) The use of the mouse-over navigation (to navigate to lower level
pages) in combination with the tab and left hand navigation constructs

4) The use of the breadcrumb navigation in combination with the
mouse-over, tab and left hand navigation constructs.

Thanks!

Regards

Oliver Hickman

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Comments

1 Apr 2008 - 8:13pm
Victor Lombardi
2003

James Kalbach's relatively new book 'Designing Web Navigation'
includes this kind of information. It also summarizes the latest
navigation research in areas like genre and transitional volatility,
state of the art stuff.

http://experiencinginformation.wordpress.com/designing-web-navigation-the-book/

Victor

On Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 12:33 PM, Hickman, Oliver (US - Atlanta)
<ohickman at deloitte.com> wrote:
> Can anyone refer me to some material that explores user interaction
> design best practices in the context of using various web site
> navigation constructs (tabs, mouse-overs, breadcrumbs and left hand
> column navigation)?
...

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