MSDN’s Crazy Crumbtrail

By Deane Barker on September 3, 2007

I don’t know if this is new or not, but MSDN has some crazy crumbtrail action going on. See the image — mousing over any step in the crumbtrail will pop open a window listing all the siblings children of that step. If there’s a lot, the little pop-up scrolls.

This has the effect of allowing you to retrace your steps in the crumbtrail and make different decisions directly from that interface, without having to go back and reload a page further up the tree.

I can’t decide is this is good or bad. Opinions?



  1. For me, very good. You can finally get rid of the navigation tree on the left and have more space for the content.

    But if you do not hide the tree, it is a little bit confusing. I do not like when the same link is displayed twice on the same page.

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