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7:8 Keep Navigation-Only Pages Short

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7:8 Keep Navigation-Only Pages Short

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Do not require users to scroll purely navigational pages.


Ideally, navigation-only pages should contain no more than one screenful of information. Users should not need to scroll the page, even a small distance. One study showed that users considered the bottom of one screenful as the end of a page, and they did not scroll further to find additional navigational options.


  • Piolat, A., Roussey, J.Y., & Thunin, O. (1998). Effects of screen presentation on text reading and revising. International Journal of Human Computer Studies, 47, 565-589.
  • Schwarz, E., Beldie, I.P., & Pastoor, S. (1983). A comparison of paging and scrolling for changing screen contents by inexperienced users. Human Factors, 24, 279-282.
  • Zaphiris, P. (2000). Depth vs. breadth in the arrangement of web links. Proceedings of the IEA 2000/HFES 2000 Congress, 453-456.

Good Example:

Users can view all of the information on this navigation page without scrolling.


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