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Pattern Group K. Making Navigation Easy > Create an Indicator Line

Create an Indicator Line

To reinforce the illusion that the row of tabs is just that, and to bring content to the foreground, give visitors an indicator showing that the content of the page is controlled by tabs. Showing a line below the active tab in the same color—one that extends from left to right over all the content—indicates that the tab is not only a switch, but also a control over the content that customers see (see Figure K3.3).

Figure K3.3. On Amazon.com's site, the indicator line covers the width of the page, giving the impression that all content on the page belongs to that tab.

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



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