Websites at DePaul vary greatly in size, complexity and purpose and as a result there is no one organizational method that can be implemented for every site. Despite this variance, we hope to achieve some level of cohesion in how we organize common types of information and how we label similar types of content.
When users look for information, they have a purpose or a goal they are trying to achieve. Our organization and navigational tools are the best aids we can provide them to find the information they seek. You can learn more about these tools on the Global UI Footprint page
Basic Elements of Navigation
Top navigation or global navigation is persistent throughout your website. It is always located across the top of the page, just below the header and logo.
On interior pages of a website, left navigation or local navigation is provided on the top left of the page and reflects the pages located within the section you've selected.
Breadcrumb trails are located just below the top navigation and are a series of links that describe where you are in the context of a website. The breadcrumb trail traces your path back to the root or home page of the site.