Depth vs Breadth in the Arrangement of Web Links

This study by University of Maryland students Panayiotis Zaphiris and
Lianaeli Mtei is a few years old, but still interesting. "The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of depth and breadth of web site structure on the user response time. The variables evaluated were five different web page linking strategies with varying depth and breadth. The results indicated that response time increased as the depth of the web site structure increased. This shows that, for a database with a large amount of scatted information like the internet, the links to the various parts of the database should be collected thoughtfully, arranged and presented simultaneously to prevent back and forth searching, since the latter is more complex and results in more errors." Read the study...

Posted by seralat at 08:37 PM on June 15, 2002
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