Confusing breadcrumb navigation

Written by Adrian Holovaty on August 30, 2002

Following up on my previous post, which lauded Computerworld.com's intuitive URL and breadcrumb navigation scheme...

Well. It seems many of the Computerworld.com pages have duplicated terms in their breadcrumb navigation. For example:

Home > Topics > Development > Development > Application Development

In this case, development is a subcategory of none other than...Development. Does this make any sense to anybody? If I'm reading that story and I want to get back to the Development page, which link do I click? Believe it or not, they do not reference the same page. It's obvious that having two levels of the same keyword is entirely nonsensical.

More examples: Security, Hardware, Software.

Comments

Posted by Sharon Machlis, Online Managin on September 23, 2002, at 10:51 a.m.:

Thanks for your comments about Computerworld.com. We are aware of the duplication issue in the breadcrumbs, as well as the confusion caused when two different versions of the same subject word go to two different pages. There *was* actually logic behind that, but we've since concluded that the user experience will be improved if things are streamlined. Fixes are in the works, which I hope will go live shortly.

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