how to place the navigation path in web page

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Hi all
 another one from a newbee
how can I let the browser of my web site know at what level he is in
the web site, like suppose the web page is
and then there are 5 futher links on that page and each page has its
own 5 links. Now if user is at and he
clicks linkpage1.1
so his path will be
Now how can i place this path inside the page like
home>page1>page1.1 and of course i will like this to happen
and what is the best way to generate a site map page
i hope i explained my self well

Re: how to place the navigation path in web page


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You misunderstand HTML. HTML is a form of desktop publishing, it is
not a programming language. You will require a programming language to
do what you suggest, and then that programming language would export
the required HTML  page to the web browser (sound complicated? It's
meant to!)

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Define best?

The most accurate sitemap may be hand crafted. For convenience you can
use an automatic program (or spider) to build it for you.


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Re: how to place the navigation path in web page

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This feature is generally known as "breadcrumbs". It's well regarded
as a usability feature that is useful, yet easy to implement. It seems
that users have a good pre-existing understanding of what
"breadcrumbs" are about and don't need to learn much new before they
can benefit from them.

Unusual though it is for me to cite Jakob Nielsen, even he likes them

Good breadcrumbs generally come from good site design. A site with a
simple logical and hierarchical design (i.e. layers and sub-layers)
isn't always possible or appropriate, but if it is, then breadcrumbs
are easily applied to it.

If your site's physical structure (directories) models its logical
structure (navigation hierarchy) then it's very easy indeed to
implement breadcrumbs. Otherwise it's hard, and I'd probably re-think
their use! (either it's not a site with a hierarchical structure, such
as a wiki, or it's a badly implemented physical structure that ought
to be fixed and made sensible first)

It's not usually hard to generate breadcrumbs manually (if the above
consraint is met). For manually-created sites, this is what I do. For
database or CMS-generated sites, I generate them automatically. I
don't need though to use an auto-creator tool or even SSI on a site
that's just hand-coded HTML pages.

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the breadcrumb code is just this

  <div class="breadcrumbs" id="divBreadcrumbs" >
    <a href="../../../" >Shed</a>
    <a href="../../" >Things</a>
    <a href="../" >Boxes</a>
    <a href="./" >Perilous Purple Coffer</a>

You see how simple the URLs for the breadcrumb links can be!

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