Web Team Notice

Subject: We've got breadcrumbs! (on the College website)
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2005 15:39:23 -0700
From: Cheryl Lambert - Web Team

We've got breadcrumbs!

No, not edible breadcrumbs - website navigation breadcrumbs!

"What are breadcrumbs?" you may ask…

They're a useful navigation tool. Many websites use them (such as Amazon.com and OfficeMax.com). If you've spent much time surfing the Web, you've seen them - and you may have used them without knowing (or caring!) what they were called.

Breadcrumb navigation is analogous to leaving a trail of breadcrumbs while walking in the forest so you can find your way back home (providing birds and squirrels don't eat the crumbs…but that's another story…see Hansel and Gretel at http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/HanGre.shtml).

Ohlone's breadcrumb trail looks like this (one trail per page!):

  • Home » Admissions
  • Home » Academic Programs » Psychology
  • Home » Athletics » Women's Sports » Basketball
  • Home » Faculty and Staff Websites » Gale Carli

They're located in the top left corner of a web page's main content area.

Ohlone's "category"-based breadcrumb trail informs visitors about their current position within the hierarchy of the College website. It also provides an easy-to-use series of links to "jump" to previous categories in a sequence or back to the Ohlone College home page.

You'll find breadcrumbs on all academic department web pages and most of the other websites on the Ohlone College website. Web pages that aren't in a clear"category" don't use a breadcrumb trail (such as the A-Z Index, the Search page, and the Campus Directory). Websites not managed by the Web Team do not use breadcrumbs, but website maintainers are welcome to add them to each page of their sites if they desire.

Look for breadcrumbs on the Ohlone site, as well as on the millions of other sites on the Web - they're a helpful navigation tool!

If you have questions about Ohlone's breadcrumbs, let me know!