A site we’re building has a number of long pages and so within our web team we’ve been discussing the use of jump links to make it easier to navigate within those pages.
To be specific, we are looking at the practice of placing a list of jump links at the top of a page as a table of contents for that page.
Overall, I feel that this improves the usability of long web pages and in his article, Avoid Within-Page Links, Jacob Nielsen agrees (although up to a point).
How Long is Long?
We try to apply web design principles consistently across our sites, and to this end I am trying to come up with some guidelines for the use of jump links as tables of contents.
We’ve determined that they should be used when you have a long web page. But what constitutes a long web page? Is there a certain number of words beyond which a page becomes ‘long’? 750? 1000?
I haven’t been able to find anything written on the length of web pages, so I’d be really interested to hear what people think.