|The ease with which users can orientate themselves
within a resource and find their way around it.
On the Internet all resources are generally two-dimensional
and screen-shaped. There is a lack of physical clues associated with
other media (such as books or newspapers). Users need to be given
clues and guidance that help them to conceptualise the nature of the resource
and navigate around it. Good Web design principles can help users
to find and use resources sucessfully .
Imagine trying to print out the full text of a
300 page report that is only provided as a series of separate HTML pages.
Detecting Navigation Features
|Questions to ask:
is the resource organised into manageable chunks of information that can
be browsed easily?
is there a single downloadable file for documents that exist as a series
of separate pages?
Clues to look for:
is there a search facility within the resource?
a contents page or index that describes what is contained within the site
good navigational links within the pages (eg 'back', 'forward', 'home')
images that support the navigation process
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