In a popular Grimm fairytale, Hansel and Gretel are taken deep into the forest in the hope that they will not find their way out. However, clever Hansel has left a trail of breadcrumbs to show their return path. While the story inspires the term "breadcrumb navigation," it also provides a metaphor of Web usage that is much stronger than many designers realize1. An alarming number of sites (both Web and intranet) are still designed and usability-tested with the home page as the starting point. Yet there are over three billion searches conducted each month in the U.S. alone,…
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