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Silverlight 4 User Interface Cookbook by Vibor Cipan

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How to create faceted navigation and classification

Creating and designing faceted navigation necessarily brings us to the question of faceted classification and, in broader terms, to information architecture.

So, according to Wikipedia (not the best reference material around, but for this particular use it was suitable), a faceted classification system allows for the assignment of multiple classifications to an object, enabling the classifications to be ordered in multiple ways, rather than in a single, predetermined, taxonomic order.

Furthermore, as A.G. Taylor points out in his Introduction to Cataloging and Classification, a facet comprises of clearly defined, mutually exclusive, and collectively exhaustive aspects, properties, or characteristics ...

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