Flashcards in Navigation Deck (21)
Describe Site-level navigation
*encompasses issues pertaining to understanding
*moving through inforrmati
What is a navigational system?
*a visual representation of an organizational structure
What are the 3 types of navigation systems?
(most common is hierarchical, with many ad hoc links added
What 3 main strategies will help you to create an effective navigation system?
*Choose an appropriate navigation system that reflects the content's organizational structure
*Choose visual navigation elements that build context for a user
*Be aware of the built-in services provided by Web browsers, and take full advantage of them
Describe Global navigation
*consistently on every page of site
*navigation options for the entire site
*typically useful for small and simple websites
How to show more levels in the hierarchy
*Drop-downs or pull downs can show the next level
*helpful with websites that have 3 levels or more
*display a record of links that the user clicked in the process of traveling to the current page
*a record of a user's trail through the site
(ex: "Projects List > Computer Graphics"user clicked in Computer Graphics page)
What are Subsites?
*is a collection of pages within the website that can share a common navigation system, 1 different perhaps different from the entire website as a whole
Describe Local navigation
*helps users with accessing a subsite and complements the site's global navigation
What are Ad hoc navigation systems?
*are additional links that can help make the connections required by the contents relationships
Describe Database-driven navigational system
*implements a database organizational structure
*rarely a sites main navigation system
*google.com prominently uses a database system
What does building context mean?
*helping users understand where they are and where they are going while visiting a site.
What are Navigation elements?
*are visual organizations of text and graphics that display a user's options and current position in a site.
*navigation bars and menus are most common forms
Describe Navigation bars
*are effective for implementing both global and local navigation systems
*collection of links that are grouped together on a page
*contain text-based and graphical types
What are Labels?
are words presented as links in a navigation bar and represent paths to subsets of information held on a site.
*ex: Home - The main entry point of a website, generally containing the top-level links to the site
What is a Frame?
*A scrollable pane that continuously occupies the same position in the browser window while a user navigates the site.
What is a Site map?
*A graphical representation of a site's information architecture
What are the 2 types of Site maps?
*for a big site,must be selective
*cool - for a small site
What are some built-in browser features?
*History of pages visited
*Color coding of links (unvisited, visited, and active)
What are some Page-level navigation aids?
*Remember proximity, alignment, consistency: make the layout obvious
*Make size of text box appropriate to the amount of data
(How man forms filled out, where text boxes too small)
*Show which fields are required with * or "Required"
8Make button placement consistent:before or after its associated text