Offer a clear and consistent method of navigation
This could be just a table of contents for your site, but may also include a navigation bar allowing the user to move
between related pages. For big web sites, consider offering a menu of major sections from every page, rather
than requiring the user to return home to select another section.
Graphical or textual navigation aids are OK
For big web sites with lots of content, use textual navigation aids -- it's easier. But economical, easy-to-understand
graphical navigation aids are fine. If graphical, remember to add ALT text so text browsers (Lynx) and graphical
browsers with images turned off can still navigate. Also consider adding parallel text links for graphical navigation aids.
Consider offering a site map
Consider providing keyword searching of your site
Web sites offering a large amount of heterogeneous content, and especially sites with a large hierarchical file structure,
may be easier to use if keyword searching is available.
Search engine issues to think about:
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Remember <Title >
- How sophisticated a search feature does your site need? Most low-end, shareware type engines (SWISH for example)
don't come with many bells and whistles.
- What is your hardware/software platform? Some search engines are designed to work on specific web servers.
- Are you looking to index just your site or multiple web sites? If yes, you will need an engine with a "spider."
As part of the HTML standard, every Web page should have a <TITLE > defined in its header. Page
titles are important for navigation support since they are normally the default way to refer to pages in various navigation
support mechanisms such as bookmark lists, history lists, overview diagrams, etc. Titles are also often used
as the best way of listing retrieved pages in search engines.