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Constructing Usable Web Menus

  • Authors
  • Andy Beaumont
  • Dave Gibbons
  • Jody Kerr
  • Jon Stephens
Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages N2-iv
  2. Andy Beaumont, Dave Gibbons, Jody Kerr, Jon Stephens
    Pages 1-6
  3. Dave Gibbons
    Pages 8-33
  4. Dave Gibbons
    Pages 34-53
  5. Jon Stephens
    Pages 54-88
  6. Jon Stephens
    Pages 90-148
  7. Andy Beaumont
    Pages 150-183
  8. Jon Stephens, Jody Kerr
    Pages 184-212
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 214-229

About this book

Introduction

Just menus? Yes. This book focuses on a single, vitally important task that confronts everyone who builds web sites for use by people: how to code and present menus that are easy to understand and use, that convey what users need to know about the many paths they can take to get to the information they want, in a variety of technologies. Every web site has a menu (trust us-we looked for a professional site without a menu, and came up empty). Some sites have two, three, or more menus on the same page. Menus give users a simple way to deal with the dozens, hundreds, even thousands of options (or more), ideally sorting those options into understandable divisions people can choose with some confidence that they'll end up more or less where they intended to go. In this book, we'll show you how professional sites organize content, present options, and use a wide array of technologies for navigation. Sometimes these approaches work well and serve as excellent models for your own navigation systems. Sometimes? Well - nobody's perfect! We'll walk you through an extensive range of different menu code that can be easily downloaded from http://www. glasshaus. com/, and adapted to your own needs, taking all the hassle out of menu coding.

Keywords

Adobe Flash CSS Community HTML JavaScript PHP Tutorial XML architecture database databases information architecture technical documentation usability web design

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