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Pattern Group K. Making Navigation Easy > Clearly Identify the Active Tab

Clearly Identify the Active Tab

Customers need to be able to see which tab is active. Make the active tab stand out from the nonactive tab by giving it a different color and accentuating the contrast in brightness for visitors who cannot distinguish by color differences alone. Making a tab active, even when customers first come to a site, will be another visual clue that the row of rectangles is a collection of tabs. Use color, contrast, and preselection to make your active tabs stand out (see Figure K3.2).

Figure K3.2. Nolo's Web site differentiates the active tab by color and contrast, and the tab is preselected when a customer comes to the site.

(www.nolo.com, August 25, 2001)



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