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Monday, May 26, 2014
Navigation Sets (those left-hand links)

The navigation set is the set of links on the left-hand side of the page. The purpose of the set is to show users the available information within a section of pages, and provide a way for them to view it.

Navigation sets can be applied to pages in the Page Properties.  Publishers can edit navigation sets. 


Process for updating and creating

Publishers

Web Manager Publishers have the ability to update and create navigation sets.

Normal Users and Editors

Normal Users will need to contact their publisher to edit or create navigation sets.

Users in academic departments have two options, depending on the size of the update:

  • For small navigation updates, such as link title change or link change, you can email the contact on the Web Manager homepage.
  • For large navigation updates, such as creating a new set or making multiple changes to a set, you can Request a Marketing Project on the Marketing homepage.

Dos and Don'ts

Good practices

  • Navigation sets should only include links to pages that also have that navigation applied to them
    • A good test for this is to click through all of the links and make sure they don't change from page to page
  • Link titles should be clear and condensed. As much as possible try to keep the title on one line in order to avoid the link appearing as though it is two separate links.
  • Multiple headers and groups of links can be included in the set (see image above), but there should be no more than 7 links (or lines) under each header. This way the links are separated into groups and easy to read.

Bad practices

  • Links to resources, such as PDFs or pages from different departments/websites, should be in the body of the page, and not in the navigation.
    • The navigation set is meant for users to be able to navigate a particular set of pages, so it is confusing for users when they click on one of the links and then the navigation set disappears.

 
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