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Web navigation is about moving forward

According to Gerry McGovern, the primary purpose of web navigaton is to help people move forward. It's not to tell them where they have been, or where they could have gone.

"The Back button helps us to get back if we want to get back. The global navigation allows us to reach major sections, no matter what part of the website we are on. Your job is not to design for all possible directions someone might want to take. That leads to a cluttered website and it will clutter the mind of and overload the attention of your customers."

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Henrik Olsen - May 25, 2006

See also: Tips and guidelines (95)  Navigation (63) 

 

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"the primary purpose of web navigaton is to help people move forward"

I disagree with at least how this is worded, as it presupposes that the person designing the navigation knows what "forward" is, and as the rest of the post notes, the concept of "forward" may be many different things to different people. My suggested revision would be:

"the primary purpose of web navigaton is to orient people to their location so they can better navigate to where they wish to go."

Josh Johnson | May 25, 2006

 

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