Is there more than one way for a user to locate content within your site or application?
Why is this important?
Users have different preferences in how to navigate content and may rely on a specific technique that is easier to comprehend. Providing multiple ways to navigate content within a site or application ensures all users can find information in a way that best suits their needs.
Whom does it benefit?
As a person with a cognitive disability,
I want to use the sitemap to get an overview of the website
so that I can navigate to the information I need.
As a person who is blind,
I want to use the search functionality
so that I can quickly access the content without tabbing through a large navigation menu.
As a student who tends to be more visual,
I want a clear navigation menu
so that I can understand the content and structure of the site.
What should you do?
Provide more than one way to locate content within a site or application.
How do you do it?
Below are some suggested techniques:
- Provide a clear and consistent main navigation menu
- Include a search function on every page
- Add a sitemap page which links to every page
- Create a homepage that includes links to all the pages
- Include a table of contents page
- Provide repetition of important links by including those links in the footer
- Create a breadcrumb navigation for processes and sub-layered pages.
Need technical guidance?
Technical guidance is available for implementing this Success Criterion at the Understanding Success Criterion 2.4.5: Multiple Ways page.
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