From: Rene Rivera (grafik.list_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-04-11 10:07:36
> While I don't know of any clear recommendation to put a navigation bar not
> on the right side in my opinion it violates Jakob Nielsen's rule "Do the
> same as everyone else" (see #10 of "Ten Good Deeds in Web Design" at
> http://www.useit.com/alertbox/991003.html). There have been some links
> posted to websites that have the navigation on the right side. However I
> would rather follow the mainstream. Look at all the explorer-style windows
> in your operating system: Navigation is always on the top and on the left.
> If you really want to make an exception and put the navigation bar on the
> right side you need a strong reason to come up with something unusual.
What a specious argument for conformity :-(
But since you are referencing Jakob Nielsen.. I suggest you take a look
at the website for his company "Nielson Norman Group"
(http://www.nngroup.com/). Where you will notice that text on the left
with navigation on the right is the norm. Here's one example..
"About Us" (presenting company info on corporate websites): Usability
Research Report from Nielsen Norman Group
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