3.14 Provide navigation bars
WAI Checkpoint 13.5
Full WAI text: "Provide navigation bars to highlight and give access to the navigation mechanism." Present a consistently available list of links to key sections in the site.
Providing a consistently available navigation bar makes navigating through the site easier by moving easily between key sections, without having to continually return to the home page.
Directions and Techniques
Display the navigation bar on every page of the site
Include the names of key sections - especially the home page so users can quickly and easily navigate back through the site if they are lost. Ensure that the navigation bar is located consistently within the page structure, so that users do not have to search for it and get confused as they navigate through the site.
Display a "breadcrumb trail" on every page and especially on multi-page forms
A breadcrumb trail is a navigation device that shows the user where they are in the site structure. For example, "You are here: Home, Web Accessibility, Guidelines, Guideline Number 3.7". To facilitate backward navigation, the following elements from this breadcrumb trail could be hyperlinks "Home, Web Accessibility, Guidelines".
How you could check for this:
There are no specific test methods recommended for this guideline.