Usability of Pathway Pages
Pathway pages in action
An alternative to using drop-down menus are pathway pages – a parent page of a section. On pathway pages our trigger words are not hidden and make navigation easier. And if you think navigating with something other than drop-down menus means more clicking, here’s a reminder of what’s really important for navigation usability:
Typical participant’s test sequence
Our test participant chooses All TOURS from the main menu.
She scans the pathway page of available tours and decides to look at the Norway Aurora trip.
On the Norway Aurora trip page, pricing appears as button and link, the trip dates are clearly indicated.
The Norway Aurora trip pricing page has comprehensive information about the trip costs.
- Our participant had a goal; not just to look around the website, but search for information on a travel trip to help answer key questions.
- She did that by searching for her trigger words as formulated by the task.
- She found those trigger words easily as they were clearly visible on the page.
- She was able to complete the task with no or few errors.