This post on Smashing Magazine about vertical navigation had me thinking about the book Anne and I are writing (manuscript due this Friday; panicking…I’m a 10 on the Wong-Baker scale). In one of the chapters I discuss tab navigation. When I was looking for a particularly bad example of the use of tabs I remembered Amazon’s website circa 2000. Fortunately, the Wayback Machine had preserved the travesty of UI navigation for posterity:
There is a grand total of 15 options and they are not really in alphabetical order (they seem to be grouped). Amazon can’t be blamed–we probably didn’t know as much as we know now (I can’t believe it was a decade ago!). But browsing the Wayback entry for Amazon’s homepage through the years certainly shows evolution and an iterative process to reach the current Amazon navigation scheme which eschews tabs almost entirely for a cascading, vertical navigation:
Do you have any examples of particularly good or bad examples of tab navigation?
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