The Office of Communications is developing standards for local navigation (the menus on the left panel of sections of the UNBC website).
This will be an ongoing project and we’ll post updates as we develop the standards. We’re looking at things such as terminology that makes sense to the user, placement of links that are common across sections, and content that does not belong in the menu.
Here are some that we’re working on now.
UNBC Menus will Link to UNBC Content
Menus on the UNBC website are intended to help the user find content within the UNBC website.
We are not able to indicate that a link in the menu takes the user to content outside of the UNBC website, which can result in us losing our web user.
In addition, we have no control over the function of the external link. Including the external link on a web page, rather than the menu, allows us easier ability to find and fix broken links.
- Links to any online content that is not part of the UNBC website should not be part of a local menu
- Links to external content should be accessible on a webpage
- The webpage with external link(s) can be linked from the local menu
- We recommend that a brief description of what the user will find when they click on an external link be included (wherever appropriate)
Links to Files Do not Belong in Menus
In order to better track online assets and to keep navigation simple, files (PDFs, etc.) will not be included as direct links from menus.
In addition, we are finding that documents links in the local navigation are frequently updated. This results in menus that are harder to maintain.
Instead, the document(s) should be included on a webpage(s) and the menu links be directed there.