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analyticalQ book review - by Anne Ku
Web Navigation: Designing the User Experience
by Jennifer Fleming
Copyright © 1998, paperback 255 pages, O'Reilly & Associates
9 September 2000
Navigation is essential but often overlooked and most certainly, in my experience, not thought of as something separate from the content. The author is a user experience consultant - which I take to mean - design for the user. I'd like to interpret this as - let the user be the designer.
This is really a reference book and comes with a CD. Among the many reading recommendations are some classics:
Grice's Maxim's on polite conversation also applies to content management:
The basic navigation needs includes answers to these first tier questions:
Second tier are the purpose-oriented questions (depending on the type of site: identity, learning, information, entertainment, etc.)
Third tier relates to the topic or audience-oriented questions.
Lots of good links in the back.
The trend is having updates on a companion web site. In this case, it's at http://www.squarecircle.com/navigation.