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Navigation: an often neglected component
of web authorship
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Navigation Schemes in Web Site Design
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Mystery Meat Navigation
Site navigation by the use of roll-overs.
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Write Menus that Mean Something
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* An important Design and Usability detail.
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Are your pages upside down?
Gradients and placement for Navigation.
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Developing Schemas for
the Location of Common Web Objects

"Here are three guidelines for enhancing usability for users who enter your site at interior pages:

 Jakob Nielsen: Deep Linking is Good Linking  
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Is Navigation Useful?
An article about what Navigation to provide.
* Need for navigation within a site structure.
* Do not try to link to everything else.
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Clutter Versus Clicking in Web Design
Many navigation links vs. many menu levels.
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A flying menu attack
. . . can [mortally] wound your navigation.

    A single level of drop-down menus can sometimes be very effective at enhancing the usability of a Website; if they are used only to provide a shortcut, which offers an alternative to the main (not dynamic) navigation for the Website. This usually means that the "heading" each menu drops down from must also be a clickable link to a separate (intermediary) navigation page.

    The levels of menus provided by this site's top of page "Navigation Card", is my method for not needing dynamic navigation menus. Thus avoiding the browser compatibility issues, and loading performance overhead, that goes along with any use of dynamic Webpages.

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    "Ever wonder why books look like they do? Can you imagine using a reference without page numbers, running headers and footers, or sections? Book design developed not so much because of the technology available, but because when people are looking for information they want to know where they are, where they've been, and how to get where they want to go. People have the same needs on the Web."

 Laura LeMay's Web Workshop: Graphics and Web Page Design, Chapter 1  
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