After completing this module, you will be able to:
Navigation lets users know where they are in a web site, especially one with many pages. They prevent users from becoming trapped in dead-end pages. Links provide users with accurate and descriptive information about the target (destination), providing them the choice to go there or not.
Web users select and click on a hypertext link on a starting page, which then causes a new page to load. Users continue toward their goal by finding and clicking on subsequent links.
The method used to find information within a web site. Navigation assists web users to locate and link to destination pages. A web site’s navigation scheme and features should allow users to find and access information effectively and efficiently.
Use short easy to type URIs.
By keeping site entry points of URIs short, it reduces the chance of error and provides a more satisfactory user experience.
URI’s are used to identify a name or resource on the internet. When you type the location of a website into a browser you are using a URI known as a URL (uniform resource locator) to go to the home page. Space is limited on mobile devices and users are often working with them one-handed. Having to type a long filename discourages users, so if possible, configure Web sites so that they can be accessed without having to specify a sub-domain as part of the URI.
Excellent example: http://example.org.
Poor example: http://www.example.org/launch.html.
Carefully consider the site design to balance links and content on each page.
Design mobile pages so that frequently accessed information can be quickly and easily reached.
Mobile devices have special needs when designing links.
Users will appreciate designers who:
Their sites will have less fat finger errors, unnecessary downloads (clicking a site you have no interest in), and delays (waiting for a page you thought you clicked).
Reflect on the following questions. Feel free to share your responses by leaving a comment!
Have you ever been directed to an additional reference site automatically when reading the content? How did you feel? Were you concerned about the extra download? Frustrated by the time wasted?
Keep track of how many links it takes to get to desired content on your favorite sites. Is it less than four links? Less than six? What do you do if it is more than six links and you have not arrived at the desired content?
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