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Navigation is overdone on many sites; all pages do not have to link to everything.

Jakob Nielsen offers more advice on conservative design: have pages only contain useful navigation. For example:
  • Overly generic links do not help users, because the chances of needing any given link is small.
  • Strucutural links are good because they help users figure out where they are and how to go 'up'.
  • Links to related content are good because users often get close but then need to 'fine tune' where they are.

A solid information architecture is crucial, and the navigation can convey this structure to users.

From Alertbox, January 9, 2000.

Added/Updated: January 11, 2000

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