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Hello. I have a horizontal navigation bar at the top of most of my web
site's pages. For the link that goes to a description of why I am called
"The Bicycling Guitarist," I use the text "TBG." Someone suggested to me
that if I put "About me" for the text instead of "TBG" it would be less
confusing to first time visitors. Any opinions?

Sample page at http://www.TheBicyclingGuitarist.net/studies/eagles.htm The
nav bar is at the top of the page. The "TBG" button is the first visible
button (after the "skip links" in the html code).

On a related note, what do you think of putting that nav bar at the top of
my site map page at http://www.TheBicyclingGuitarist.net/sitemap.htm ? I
didn't put it there because I thought it was unnecessary, but somebody else
said they were surprised to visit the site map page and not find the same
nav bar at the top as on all the other pages.

Jan 12 '08 #1
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The Bicycling Guitarist wrote:
Hello. I have a horizontal navigation bar at the top of most of my web
site's pages. For the link that goes to a description of why I am called
"The Bicycling Guitarist," I use the text "TBG." Someone suggested to me
that if I put "About me" for the text instead of "TBG" it would be less
confusing to first time visitors. Any opinions?
Both of your questions are matters of style,
so there are no right and wrong answers.
However, as you asked, the TLA TBG is NBG.
On a related note, what do you think of putting that nav bar at the top of
my site map page at http://www.TheBicyclingGuitarist.net/sitemap.htm ? I
didn't put it there because I thought it was unnecessary, but somebody else
said they were surprised to visit the site map page and not find the same
nav bar at the top as on all the other pages.
Include it.

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Jan 12 '08 #2
The Bicycling Guitarist wrote:
Hello. I have a horizontal navigation bar at the top of most of my web
site's pages. For the link that goes to a description of why I am called
"The Bicycling Guitarist," I use the text "TBG." Someone suggested to me
that if I put "About me" for the text instead of "TBG" it would be less
confusing to first time visitors. Any opinions?
Mine is that something less cryptic would be good, yes.
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Jan 12 '08 #3

"The Bicycling Guitarist" <Ch***@TheBicyc lingGuitarist.n etwrote in message
news:47******** **************@ read.cnntp.org. ..
Someone suggested to me
that if I put "About me" for the text instead of "TBG" it would be less
confusing to first time visitors. Any opinions?
On a related note, what do you think of putting that nav bar at the top of
my site map page at
Done and done. Thank you Martin and Blinky.

One more question about user friendliness: currently I have each link to the
site map go to that section of the site map from which the page links. For
example, the link to the site map from
www.TheBicyclingGuitarist.net/studies/eagles.htm
opens at the "Studies" section of the site map. The links from my song pages
open at the "R Band" section, etc.
Good idea / Bad Idea?
Jan 12 '08 #4
Fri, 11 Jan 2008 19:07:31 -0800 from The Bicycling Guitarist
<Ch***@TheBicyc lingGuitarist.n et>:
Hello. I have a horizontal navigation bar at the top of most of my web
site's pages. For the link that goes to a description of why I am called
"The Bicycling Guitarist," I use the text "TBG." Someone suggested to me
that if I put "About me" for the text instead of "TBG" it would be less
confusing to first time visitors. Any opinions?
I wouldn't have a clue what "TBG" means.

There are people who click on everything that looks like a link, out
of curiosty, but I think most people won't click on a link unless it
looks like there's something worthwhile behind it.

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Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA
http://OakRoadSystems.com/
HTML 4.01 spec: http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/
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validator: http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/
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Jan 13 '08 #5
Fri, 11 Jan 2008 19:07:31 -0800 from The Bicycling Guitarist
<Ch***@TheBicyc lingGuitarist.n et>:
On a related note, what do you think of putting that nav bar at the top of
my site map page at http://www.TheBicyclingGuitarist.net/sitemap.htm ?
There's something to be said for giving all pages the same basic
layout, or at least the same header look.

But the link to the site map from the site map page ought not to
change color when hovered.

--
Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA
http://OakRoadSystems.com/
HTML 4.01 spec: http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/
validator: http://validator.w3.org/
CSS 2.1 spec: http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS21/
validator: http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/
Why We Won't Help You:
http://diveintomark.org/archives/200..._wont_help_you
Jan 13 '08 #6
Fri, 11 Jan 2008 21:40:46 -0800 from The Bicycling Guitarist
<Ch***@TheBicyc lingGuitarist.n et>:
One more question about user friendliness: currently I have each link to the
site map go to that section of the site map from which the page links. For
example, the link to the site map from
www.TheBicyclingGuitarist.net/studies/eagles.htm
opens at the "Studies" section of the site map. The links from my song pages
open at the "R Band" section, etc.
Good idea / Bad Idea?
I don't think it's a horrendously bad idea, but it seems a little odd
to me. When I click on "site Map" link, I usually expect to start at
the top level.

--
Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA
http://OakRoadSystems.com/
HTML 4.01 spec: http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/
validator: http://validator.w3.org/
CSS 2.1 spec: http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS21/
validator: http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/
Why We Won't Help You:
http://diveintomark.org/archives/200..._wont_help_you
Jan 13 '08 #7

"Stan Brown" <th************ @fastmail.fmwro te in message
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Fri, 11 Jan 2008 19:07:31 -0800 from The Bicycling Guitarist
<Ch***@TheBicyc lingGuitarist.n et>:
>On a related note, what do you think of putting that nav bar at the top
of
my site map page at http://www.TheBicyclingGuitarist.net/sitemap.htm ?

There's something to be said for giving all pages the same basic
layout, or at least the same header look.

But the link to the site map from the site map page ought not to
change color when hovered.
Good point. I'll fix that soon once I successfully figure out exactly what
to do. Shouldn't be too difficult...
Jan 13 '08 #8

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