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Pattern Group B. Creating a Navigation F... > Try to Keep the List on One Page

Try to Keep the List on One Page

If an alphabetical list is split into multiple Web pages, customers must click on the first letter of the first word and wait for that letter's page to download. Long waits like this can be frustrating when the desired link is not guaranteed to be on the next page. Imagine looking for a video. Is it listed under T for The Last Tango in Paris or under L for just Last Tango in Paris? Neither order is right or wrong, but if the entire movie list appears on one page, it is easy to find it in either place. You can create an index at the top of the page that links to each letter group, as illustrated in Figure B5.1. You can also use a TAB ROW (K3) to do the same thing. This will let your customers find the section they want without their having to make a lengthy scroll.

Figure B5.1. An alphabetically organized list works well when the list is fairly short and the pieces of information are unrelated to each other, or when their names are well known.

(www.sun.com, April 13, 2001)



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