[thelist] Re: gurix.com

Simon Willison cs1spw at bath.ac.uk
Fri Aug 15 03:33:15 CDT 2003

Hi Ryan,

Friday, August 15, 2003, 9:27:56 AM, you wrote:
> Quick question, what exactly are breadcrumbs?
> I am trying to imagine it, and the only thing I can
> envision is either:

> a) a css psuedo :visited class.
> b) a hierarchical listing of the pages that got you to where you are
> currently.

You guessed right with b). They're called breadcrumbs because of
Hansel and Gretel, who famously followed a trail of breadcrumbs back
to their house. In a similar way, breadcrumb navigation shows you the
logical hierarchy to get back to the index page of a site. The most
widely known implementation is probably the one on Yahoo, but these
days literally thousands of sites use them.


Simon Willison

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