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A subtle update to navigation

December 13, 2011 - 4 Comments

This past weekend, we made a subtle change to the product navigation in the “mega menus” available from the top of the pages on

Notice the change? Feedback welcome!

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  1. The tabs are subtle and possibly useful but convention dictates that tabs should be at the top. Putting them at the bottom just to be different will probably detract from usability. Just my 2 cents.

    • Charles, you’re absolutely right about that. We tested some versions of tabs at the top and on the side. The tabs at the top were more visible, but unfortunately there were some some other issues around how people interacted with the tabs versus the other pulldown items at the top. In the end, we decided to keep the tabs at the bottom to simplify the interactions, since people who need them do find them.

      We’re currently working on tuning of the mega menus, btw, and continuing to look at the interaction models.

      One big success we’ve had is the new features in the Support mega menu, which Bill Skeet has blogged about recently.

      • The fact that the navigation is being thoughtfully redesigned is excellent. It is a *very* useful site but finding the gold can be difficult at time. Thanks in advance for all of the hard work.

        • Thanks! If you have suggestions about things or have trouble finding something that you think should be easier, you can leave a note via the Feedback link (at the bottom of every page) any time. We read all of the comments and factor them into the navigational work and site upgrades we’re doing.