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From TTel...@hbf.com.au
Subject Bread Crumb Navigation Portlet
Date Thu, 02 Sep 2004 06:18:00 GMT
Hello Peoples,

we are looking to implement a "bread crumb" (path) style navigation 
portlet within Jetspeed 1.5 (and then Jetspeed 1.6 with the JSR 168 
adapter when available).

By the term "bread crumb", I am referring to a "path" showing the location 
of the current page (containing the navigation portlet) within the scope 
of the site.

For example,

- If the browser was displaying the "Home" page, the "bread crumb" (path) 
would be "Home"

- If the browser was displaying the "Entertainment" page, the "bread 
crumb"  (path) would be "Home > Entertainment"

- If the browser was displaying the "Moviest" page, the "bread crumb" 
(path) would be "Home > Entertainment > Movies"

Each "node" in the bread crumb path is also a hyper-link to that area of 
the site.

A online example can be seen at URL 
which shows the "bread crumb" as "Your Home > Smart Ways to Save >".

We would probably display the "bread crumb" portlet within the main 
content area of the page, under the top level navigation header.


|       .-------------------------------------------.        |
|       | BREAD CRUMB PORTLET |        |
|       .-------------------------------------------.        |
| |

This feature is quite common for many web sites with a single view.

Does this style of navigation have a general name ?

Has anybody seen or worked on a general approach (or pattern) for this 
type of problem ?

It would seem this type of portlet could be used for many web sites 
requiring a particular kind of navigation.

Comments and thoughts welcome.


Tim Telcik
Technical Application Architect
Business Systems Delivery
Group Services, HBF, Inc.
Tel: 9214 6744    Fax: 9214 6779

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