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RE: Which should come first - navigation OR content?


From: zara
Date: Apr 26, 2006 9:30AM

> Up until now I have been putting the navigation before the content in the
> HTML source and providing a 'skip nav/skip to content link' to give the
> option to skip the navigation.
> More recently I have been working on a large site (already built and
> launched) that has been built with the content first in the flow of HTML
> and the navigation last - with a 'skip to navigation' link.
> I am not sure which I feel is better - I'm inclined to think that nav
> first, content after is more conventional thus far... maybe there is no
> better option of the two.

The practice often favoured here by developers is to put navigation first for the home page and content first on all other pages of the site (with the appropriate skip to links). The reason for this is, as with any user, navigational elements can give you a good idea of the general content of the site but once you have moved on from the home page, you usually have gotten that info and are more interested in content.


Catherine Roy, consultante