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Navigation should tell your visitors where they are - The best navigation systems not only allow visitors to get around a site, they inform them as to their location within site. Just look at how Yahoo works as you will see. At top of each page your location is shown like so: "Home > Arts > Art History >", which tells visitor he's looking at "Art History" in directory "Art" under "Home" directory. He can click on any of these to go higher in list at any time.
Avoid ActiveX and VBScript altogether - I love ActiveX and VBScript on an intranet. This is because on an intranet it is possible to guarantee that everyone who will access site uses Internet Explorer. However, you cannot ensure this on web, so my recommendation is to avoid these entirely. In addition, security scheme of ActiveX is so weak that it's common for many people, especially corporate sites, to completely disallow ActiveX controls downloaded from internet. (Why is ActiveX security weak? Because it depends upon user to make a decision as to security of ActiveX control. I know that when I am presented with a box saying "do I trust xyz control?", I don't usually have any idea. How would I know if code is trustworthy? My tendency is to just say no.)
To sum it all up, if you want your visitors to explore your site, then you have to make it easy for them. The easier and more straightforward you make your navigation, deeper people will tend to surf.
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