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It is now very common to find top horizontal menus in websites. Some reason of that might be habits and Jakob's law.

In web applications you might find a menu on top or on the left side equally. Most of the time it seems to be a combination of vertical and horizontal menus though. With no constant reason.

Apparently there is no real convention for that matter. Hence the following question:

What reasons/factors are relevant when choosing orientation of menus in web applications?

Some ideas :

  • Type of elements
  • Type of application
  • Type of users
  • Frequency of use of the menu
  • Aesthetics
  • Length of texts
  • Number of elements
  • Editability of elements
  • Habits
  • Screen size
  • or any kind of convention I am not aware of...

We are talking about navigation menus - leading to other pages - not action menus - modifying the current page.

The question is not about tablets or phones. It is okay not being exhaustive. Personal methodologies can also be answers.

It is now very common to find top horizontal menus in websites. Some reason of that might be habits and Jakob's law.

In web applications you might find a menu on top or on the left side equally. Most of the time it seems to be a combination of vertical and horizontal menus though. With no constant reason.

Apparently there is no real convention for that matter. Hence the following question:

What reasons/factors are relevant when choosing orientation of menus in web applications?

Some ideas :

  • Type of elements
  • Type of application
  • Type of users
  • Frequency of use of the menu
  • Aesthetics
  • Length of texts
  • Number of elements
  • Editability of elements
  • Habits
  • Screen size
  • or any kind of convention I am not aware of...

We are talking about navigation menus - leading to other pages - not action menus - modifying the current page.

The question is not about tablets or phones. It is okay not being exhaustive. Personal methodologies can also be answers.

It is now very common to find top horizontal menus in websites. Some reason of that might be habits and Jakob's law.

In web applications you might find a menu on top or on the left side equally. Most of the time it seems to be a combination of vertical and horizontal menus though. With no constant reason.

Apparently there is no real convention for that matter. Hence the following question:

What reasons/factors are relevant when choosing orientation of menus in web applications?

We are talking about navigation menus - leading to other pages - not action menus - modifying the current page.

The question is not about tablets or phones. It is okay not being exhaustive. Personal methodologies can also be answers.

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It is now very common to find top horizontal menus in webpages especially in homepages, let say it is becausewebsites. Some reason of that might be habits and Jakob's law.

In web applicationapplications you might find a menu on top or on the left side equally (personal impression). Most of the time it isseems to be a combination, apparently of vertical and horizontal menus though. With no constant reason.

Apparently there is not really ano real convention for that matter. Hence the following question:

What reasons/factors are relevant when choosing orientation of menus in web applications?

Some ideas :

  • Type of elements
  • Type of application
  • Type of users
  • Frequency of use of the menu
  • Aesthetics
  • Length of texts
  • Number of elements
  • Editability of elements
  • Habits
  • Screen size
  • or any kind of convention I am not aware of...

We are talking about navigation menus - bringingleading to another pageother pages - not action menus - modifying the current page.

The question is not about tablets or phones. It is okay not being exhaustive. Personal methodologies can also be answers.

It is now very common to find top horizontal menus in webpages especially in homepages, let say it is because of habits and Jakob's law.

In web application you might find a menu on top or on the left side equally (personal impression). Most of the time it is a combination, apparently there is not really a convention.

What reasons/factors are relevant when choosing orientation of menus in web applications?

Some ideas :

  • Type of elements
  • Type of application
  • Type of users
  • Frequency of use of the menu
  • Aesthetics
  • Length of texts
  • Number of elements
  • Editability of elements
  • Habits
  • Screen size
  • or any kind of convention I am not aware of...

We are talking about navigation menus - bringing to another page - not action menus - modifying the current page.

The question is not about tablets or phones. It is okay not being exhaustive. Personal methodologies can also be answers.

It is now very common to find top horizontal menus in websites. Some reason of that might be habits and Jakob's law.

In web applications you might find a menu on top or on the left side equally. Most of the time it seems to be a combination of vertical and horizontal menus though. With no constant reason.

Apparently there is no real convention for that matter. Hence the following question:

What reasons/factors are relevant when choosing orientation of menus in web applications?

Some ideas :

  • Type of elements
  • Type of application
  • Type of users
  • Frequency of use of the menu
  • Aesthetics
  • Length of texts
  • Number of elements
  • Editability of elements
  • Habits
  • Screen size
  • or any kind of convention I am not aware of...

We are talking about navigation menus - leading to other pages - not action menus - modifying the current page.

The question is not about tablets or phones. It is okay not being exhaustive. Personal methodologies can also be answers.

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Top menus Horizontal and sidevertical menus forin web applications

It is now very common to find top horizontal menus in webpages especially in homepages, let say it is because of habits and Jakob's law.

In web application you might find a menu on top or on the left side equally (personal impression). Most of the time it is a combination, apparently there is not really a convention.

What reasons/factors are relevant when choosing the positionorientation of menus in web applications?

Some ideas :

  • Type of elements
  • Type of application
  • Type of users
  • Frequency of use of the menu
  • Aesthetics
  • Length of texts
  • Number of elements
  • Editability of elements
  • Habits
  • Screen size
  • or any kind of convention I am not aware of...

We are talking about navigation menus - bringing to another page - not action menus - modifying the current page.

The question is not about tablets or phones. It is okay not being exhaustive. Personal methodologies can also be answers.

Top menus and side menus for web applications

It is now very common to find top menus in webpages especially in homepages, let say it is because of habits and Jakob's law.

In web application you might find a menu on top or on the left side equally (personal impression). Most of the time it is a combination, apparently there is not really a convention.

What reasons/factors are relevant when choosing the position of menus in web applications?

Some ideas :

  • Type of elements
  • Type of application
  • Type of users
  • Frequency of use of the menu
  • Aesthetics
  • Length of texts
  • Number of elements
  • Editability of elements
  • Habits
  • Screen size
  • or any kind of convention I am not aware of...

We are talking about navigation menus - bringing to another page - not action menus - modifying the current page.

The question is not about tablets or phones. It is okay not being exhaustive. Personal methodologies can also be answers.

Horizontal and vertical menus in web applications

It is now very common to find top horizontal menus in webpages especially in homepages, let say it is because of habits and Jakob's law.

In web application you might find a menu on top or on the left side equally (personal impression). Most of the time it is a combination, apparently there is not really a convention.

What reasons/factors are relevant when choosing orientation of menus in web applications?

Some ideas :

  • Type of elements
  • Type of application
  • Type of users
  • Frequency of use of the menu
  • Aesthetics
  • Length of texts
  • Number of elements
  • Editability of elements
  • Habits
  • Screen size
  • or any kind of convention I am not aware of...

We are talking about navigation menus - bringing to another page - not action menus - modifying the current page.

The question is not about tablets or phones. It is okay not being exhaustive. Personal methodologies can also be answers.

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