Z515 Spring 2015

How Many Paths Does It Take To Screw In A Light Bulb?

A number of the readings for this week talked about multiple navigation types used on websites:  rewind/fast-forward paging, direct paging, breadcrumb trails, etc.  While doing the readings, I decided to pull up the Game Preserve website to see what kinds of navigation are used followed by pulling up Amazon as a comparison.  I’m honestly shocked by the number of different navigation types used on both sites.  Even though these links, when they work, can bring users to exactly the same pages, the way the site links are organized can look very different from each other and that is when I realized how many different navigation types I use regularly on multiple websites without thinking about it.  I’ve always liked breadcrumb trails since they show me just how many pages deep in a website I am.  Back when I regularly read webcomics, rewind paging, fast-forward paging, and direct paging were all useful since I could use direct paging to go to the last page of the webcomic I read or I could use rewind and fast-forward paging to go back and forth between the different pages of the comic just like turning the page in a comic book.  Different styles of navigation can work for different types of websites but it seems like it is always best to have more than one path to take.

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This entry was written by kpeden2015 and published on March 1, 2015 at 10:50 pm. It’s filed under Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “How Many Paths Does It Take To Screw In A Light Bulb?

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