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In breadcrumbs, is it necessary to indicate that "You are here"? Is it redundant? Is it already understood without that phrase?

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    Visually, it might be. Audibly? Maybe not. – DA01 Dec 2 '14 at 4:10
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Providing that the links in your breadcrumbs are appropriately styled (i.e. they look and behave like links and look like the other links in your site) and have appropriately meaningful anchor text, then you shouldn't need to include the "You are here".

Other conventions are that the separators are either right angle brackets > or slashes / and the representation of the current page in the breadcrumbs shouldn't be a link.

ui-patterns.com suggests "you should not use on the topmost level of the hierarchy (typically the welcome page)", but does point out that breadcrumbs should always be used in conjunction with other types of navigation, never as the primary nav.

Some may argue that the breadcrumb pattern isn't universal enough, and we should design for worst case scenario users, but if you follow the above advice, all you're really presenting is a set of links of increasing/decreasing specificity.

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DA01 makes a good point. If you're worried about labeling it for audio readers, you could always have a container that serves that purpose and is hidden from most users.

One other thing to watch out for when designing breadcrumbs: Be sure that if they're automated, each level of the hierarchy actually links to something. Otherwise, you might be sending your users to a 404.

(Same generally goes with /parts/of/a/url/path/ as it's quite easy to forget a level.)

  • Can you expand more on your main point here - about relevancy for audio-only (screenreader) users? That is the part that is relevant to the question here, the rest of your answer is kind of superfluous. (We look to keep answers focused directly on the question being asked, not branching out to commentary on the wider topic at hand. That's more for discussion forums, not Q&A sites). – JonW Dec 2 '14 at 14:54

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