On Usable Links

Large headers force us to scroll down a bit to the main content. “Skip to content” is quite useful, but why not skipping the “skip to content” also and save one more click? I’ve recently finished my pets’ web site and once again (i set this at hr-netiquette.org before) set my inner site links to point to the speciffic part of the web page–the navigation division.

If you follow links to the web sites mentioned above, you’ll notice that when you click a link to another page within the same web site, the page does not appear from the top of the document. Instead, you see everything below the header–navigation bar and the main content.

This is easily done if your markup is well structured. I practice assigning an IDs to different important elements of the document and instead of pointing my links to example.html, with IDs placed, i point them to example.html#navbar. And that’s all.

Marko Dugonjić is a designer specialized in user experience design, web typography and web standards. He runs a nanoscale user interface studio Creative Nights and organizes FFWD.PRO, a micro-conference and workshops for web professionals.

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