Situation - navigation menu that contains both single links and dropdown. I used colors as an example (in the real product these are not colors).

I'm designing breadcrumbs, and the tricky part is, that sometimes page name is different than the menu link (user clicks link "Yellow", but the name of the page is "Dark yellow"); sometimes it's the same (Grey - Grey). Considering this, it looks like option B is better - saying "Grey - Grey" feels a little bit strange. Blue is not a page itself.

But from the other hand it would be great to start breadcrumbs with navigation link, even if it wont be clickable - because for the dropdown items it would be good to have name of the parent link.

Any suggestions, which approach is better in this situation? Maybe you can provide any examples?

Thanks in advance.

Option A - keeping navigation link in breadcrumbs structure

Option B - removing navigation link from the breadcrumbs

  • is this really for colors, or just an example? If this is for colors, I think the proper taxonomy to use is Colors, then you wouldn't have any issues, because the breadcrumb would be Colors / Grey or Colors / Blue / Turquoise (I'd argue the need for blue being a category, but even then, it will work). Now, if the elements are variable and have different taxonomies thei it's a different story
    – Devin
    Commented Jun 9, 2021 at 17:40
  • Would "yellow" be its own page, and "dark yellow" be a separate page, then each would have its own "details" page? I guess I am a bit confused about the overall goal here. Have you created a sitemap or navigation map to identify all the different paths that you would take?
    – lofijedi
    Commented Jun 9, 2021 at 18:21
  • Breadcrumbs always should show the page name, not some category name. Are those really breacrumbs? If they are have a look at this.
    – jazZRo
    Commented Jun 10, 2021 at 9:24
  • @Devin , I just edited main question - no, in the real product these are not colors, sorry for not specifying this in advance.
    – Iga
    Commented Jun 10, 2021 at 9:30
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    @smuxer Just as the path information - it will be path-based breadcrumbs ("history trail"). So for the dropdown items it makes sense I guess, user clicked category "Blue" and picked item "Azure", so he is now in the "Blue > Azure"
    – Iga
    Commented Jun 10, 2021 at 13:55

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I solved it in the following way - I've included category as part of the page title. Thank you all for your insights. Option C - adding category to the page title

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