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Rethinking Navigation: Techniques and Design Patterns

Written by Christian Holst and Jamie Appleseed

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Navigation is what transforms static documents into interactive pages. It is the tissue of the Web, connecting everything on (and off) your website. Without navigation, users would have to know the URL of every page they want to visit, or you would have to put all of your website’s content on a single page.

Yet, let’s never forget that navigation is secondary. Users do not visit your website in order to use its navigation; they come for the content or service you provide. Navigation is a necessary evil, relevant to the user only when they cannot find ...

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