At 07:57 PM 10/27/2005, David Hatch wrote:
>What do you think? >In terms of overall user experience, what side do you like for >navigation? Do you share the concern of my inner voice saying: go with >the standard?
In my opinion, you shouldn't care what *I* (or potentially most others on
this list) like for navigation. I don't even think you should care what
your users like.
You should only care about which one best accomplishes the objectives of
your users *and* the objectives of your organization.
That being said, having tested a ton of users on bundles of sites, we've
learned over the years that navigation placement doesn't matter one whit.
Put the navigation practically anywhere on the page and users will find it
when they need it.
Local navigation works only when the local links are actually things will
want to go to next. (Either because your previous navigation screwed up and
they ended up on the wrong page in the first place or because it's a
logical follow-on to where they are now.) Understanding *why* users need
local navigation and ensuring the link names are communicating the real
value of navigating will have more impact on the success of your design
than the position or style of the links. We recommend clients focus their
resources on ensuring the links give off good scent more than on styling.
Of course, these are my opinions and worth exactly what you paid for them.