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Every Page is Page One by Mark Baker

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4.7. Faceted navigation

When a one-dimensional hierarchy is inadequate to organize your content, a faceted navigation may provide an alternative.

In faceted navigation you choose a value from column A and a value from column B, and the system shows you the items that match both selections. You can then select something from column C to narrow the result even further. Faceted navigation systems work interactively. Rather than making all your selections at once, you can start with a simple search on one factor. The system then shows you a list of results and populates the other selection fields only with the values from items that match the first query. This avoids the dreaded advanced-search phenomena where your first search returns no results, ...

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