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7. Navigation Systems > Types of Navigation Systems

Types of Navigation Systems

Navigation systems are composed of several basic elements, or subsystems. First, we have the global, local, and contextual navigation systems that are integrated within the web pages themselves. These embedded navigation systems are typically wrapped around and infused within the content of the site. They provide both context and flexibility, helping users understand where they are and where they can go. These three major systems, shown in Figure 7-1, are generally necessary but not sufficient in themselves.

Global, local, and contextual embedded navigation systems
Figure 7-1. Global, local, and contextual embedded navigation systems

Second, we have supplemental navigation systems such as sitemaps, indexes, and guides that exist outside the content-bearing pages. These are shown in Figure 7-2.


  

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