Friday, March 9, 2007

The only navigation that matters?

A good read on in-page navigation from PebbleRoad: Improving the User Experience with In-page Navigation
In-page navigation techniques are used to layout web content on a page. When used properly they improve the user experience. But when misused they just add to the anxiety. This article chalks out the different in-page navigation options available to us and offers some tips on using them effectively.
It seems to me that in-page navigation may be the only navigation that matters anymore (or at least in the very near future), and it only matters in a rather small and almost insignificant way. In the era of the come-to-me-Web, the only site design anyone is ever going to see is that which exists within a single page, and then it only matters to the user who arrives through search.

As an example, yesterday we were discussing that the CSS I'm using on my blog site is broken. If you are one of the few people not reading this through your feed reader you can see how it is broken in this post. After using a blockquote the line spacing doesn't return to its previous state. I was asking our resident designer about this and his answer was, "Who cares? No one sees it anyway." And he's absolutely right. A few people might arrive through search, and they might find the line spacing sort of odd looking, but if they really find the content compelling they'll hit the subscribe button and will never see the screwed-up CSS ever again.

If that broken CSS is driving you nuts, please subscribe. I'm trying my hardest to ignore it.

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