The breadcrumbs trail term comes from the trail of breadcrumbs left by Hansel and Gretel in the Brothers Grimm's well-known fairytale. The breadcrumbs trail is a path that you can take to return to the previous page(s) up to the first page, which represents the entry point to the application. If the first page of a certain application is denoted by A1, and if, on a certain occasion, from A1 the user advanced successively to pages denoted by A2, A3 and A4, the breadcrumbs trail that stands at the user's disposal is
A1 > A2 > A3 > A4
where A4 is the current page. You may want to note the greater-than sign > operator, which is used to separate between the trail's stepping-stones. The user may click on A3, A2 or A1 to return to the respective page.
In mxweb, the breadcrumbs trail is represented on a teal-coloued horizontal bar, sometimes referred to as the navigation bar.
The following figures illustrate how a typical breadcrumbs trail is generated. After logging in, the user is shown all the mxweb tools and applications he or she has access to. Then the user selects in succession eWalk, eWalk Reports and finally eWalk Overall Template Report. The teal-colored navigation bar at the top of the screen marks the successive stages of the user's journey, separated by the greater-than sign > operator:
Please note the breadcrumbs trail in the navigation bar:
- mxweb > eWalk
- mxweb > eWalk > Reports
- mxweb > eWalk > Reports > Overall Template Reports
By clicking on a page in the navigation bar, the user returns to the page in question.
For example, by clicking on eWalk, the user returns to the following page:
While the same result could be achieved by clicking twice the Done icon in the toolbar, using the breadcrumbs trail
has the advantage of providing a clear view of where we are, and of all the previous pages we can return to.
Moreover, returning to any previous page is exactly one single step away when the breadcrumbs trail is used.