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In an attempt to simplify the BW layout and reduce the domination of the big orange teaser, while still providing all essential navigation elements, we think of a sidebar navigation as one possible solution.

from SimplifyingBeWelcome:
a) navigation sidebar (our sidebar does not count, because it appears as part of the content, and not as something outside meant for navigation). Examples: gmail, studivz, a big number of major sites.


  • Consumes horizontal space: Sidebars reduce the page width we can use for content. This is ok for pages with one column of text, because smaller columns are easier to read anyway. But any time we want to use more than one column for the content, or we want to show big things such as a map, we want all the horizontal space we get.
  • (+) has more space for text, links and even images, than a horizontal menu has.
  • (+) can be nicely separated into several sections (like the "widgets" in wordpress sidebar)

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