Providing Link-Based Navigation

Near the beginning of the chapter, I mentioned that link-based navigation has certain limitations that search forms circumvent by enabling you to help your users find what they’re looking for more directly. However, I also pointed out that link navigation can be useful sometimes, and this section discusses the kind of situation for which that is true.

My primary objection to link navigation earlier was that it enables users to move through your documents only in ways you can think of to provide in advance. If your document set has a regular and highly structured organization, however, you know perfectly well what the navigation options are, and it may be quite reasonable to provide links to all of them. If you ...

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