Methods of Navigation

Subject: Methods of Navigation
From: Beverly Parks <bparks -at- HUACHUCA-EMH1 -dot- ARMY -dot- MIL>
Date: Wed, 12 Jul 1995 10:21:38 MST

Solveig Haugland <Solveig_Haugland -dot- GPS -at- GPS -dot- COM> asked-->

What are the favored methods of presenting complicated
navigation? Assume you have to make a selection from a menu on
a menu bar, then make another selection from a small window
that will appear.

Option A: Choose System from the Setup menu, then choose
Security from the System Setup palette.

Option B (presenting the options in the order they should be
chosen, but the phrasing is slightly awkward): From the
Setup menu, choose System, then from the System Setup palette,
choose Security.

Option C: From the Setup menu, choose System, then choose

Option D (favored by our Training and Support departments):
Choose System > Setup > Security.
I like the natural rhythm of option A, but I suppose option C
will be the most preferred.

If the menus are truly cascading (such as they are in
Interleaf), then I must honestly say that from a user
standpoint, option D is the best. It relates *exactly* the
information I need and *only* the information I need.

Of course, if Security is something that is chosen from a pop-up
window and not a menu option off of Setup, then option D may be
more confusing than helpful.

=*= Beverly Parks =*= bparks -at- huachuca-emh1 -dot- army -dot- mil =*=
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