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Planning and building a navigation system for your website
The lowdown

PART EIGHT: Techie lingo explained and useful links.

» Index
» Introduction
» Planning
» Which technology?
» Design issues
» Widgets
» Updating
» Checking
» More info

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urban75 web project Creating a navigation system:
More info/further reading
By Mike Slocombe for Internet Magazine, May 2004


Nav bar
Shorthand for 'navigation bar' - a set of links to all the main sections of a site. Top level navigation
This should appear on every single page and be consistent in both style and location.

Generally, people expect to find the main navigation somewhere at the top of the page - placing it anywhere else means people may not immediately see all the choices available.

Always make sure that it's 'above the fold' sp that users won't have to scroll down to find it. Subsidiary Navigation.
This displays links to the content available within each subsection. Secondary Navigation
This is made up of other navigational aids like links to the site map and contact page, search boxes, drop down lists etc



'Information architecture'
Phrase used by Japanese lager-drinking, Hoxton Fin-toting designers to describe the process of planning a site by analysing its content, functionality and purpose.

Or, in other words, working out what you want the chuffing thing to do before you start building it.

Further reading:
Using IA to build a professional website Designing a Navigation System
Designing Site Navigation
Designing an Effective Navigation System
Site navigation with PHP

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