||The World Wide Web is characterised by the hyperlinks that can take
you from one resource to another with the click of a mouse button.
A link may take you seamlessly from a resource held on a local server
to a resource held on a machine anywhere in the world.
Although this has great advantages, it can also mean that you lose track
of where the information is located.
On the World Wide Web it can also be difficult to tell exactly where
one site ends and another begins:
hyperlinks - might take you to the front page of a site but they
are more likely to take you to the middle of a site
This can leave you wondering where you are, how you got there and how
you get back!
search engines - can index much more than the front page of a resource
- so they may take you to a page deep within a resource
~ Where am I? ~ How did I get here?
~ Am I in the middle of a site or at the front page?
Hints and Tips for Orientation Within
Look at this example of a Web page and see what clues there are about your
orientation within the site.
If you want to orientate yourself within a Web site it's worth exploring:
"home" buttons belonging to the site - by clicking on a "Home"
button you will see the front page of the site
navigation buttons - ie "back", "forward", "previous" or "next" - following these can give you a feel for where
site maps - give an overview of the structure of the whole site.
They are very useful navigation aids
"About this Site" sections - often give verbal descriptions of the
scope of the site
FAQs - FAQ stands for Frequently Asked Questions. You can
often learn about the site by reading these
the URL structure - can give lots of clues about your location within
a resource ...
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