Breadcrumb Navigation Deployment in Retail Web Sites.
Through content analysis, this study explored the deployment of breadcrumbs—both in presentational and functional terms—in the Web sites of the top 100 online retailers (by annual sales). A wide variety of implementations was discovered and documented. Many deployments proved to be incongruent with recommendations in the literature. Analysis was performed given the perspective of an existing research framework developed by Instone (2002) which classified breadcrumbs into three types. A considerable number of sites’ deployments could not be sufficiently classified using that model. As a result, changes to the framework are suggested, including the addition of new concepts such as "facet breadcrumbs" and "hybrid breadcrumbs."
Advisor:Barbara M. Wildemuth
School Location:USA - North Carolina
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:world wide web—navigational aids web—electronic commerce web sites—design corporations—internet resources
Date of Publication:08/05/2007