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¦ nav ¦ text text ¦
¦ bar ¦ text text ¦
¦ and ¦ text text ¦
¦ ads ¦ text text ¦
¦ TOS, etc. links ¦
So would it make sense for me to move the nav-bar -- with its ads -- to the right-hand side?
I didn't do this initially, because so few other sites did, and I didn't want to confuse navigation. But more and more sites have links to the right, so users should be getting used to this, I think. Plus, moving the nav-bar to the right-hand side would mean that cranky printers would only cut off the ads, which I don't care about (in printed form).
Is there any current consensus on this issue?
Just to test, I printed off a page from one of my sites.
This site uses tables for layout and %/ems for dimension control.
Although the whole page printed, it was printed so small (to fit it all in the narrower A4 width), as to make it difficult (for me) to read.
Then the realisation came that the print results would also depend on how your print function is configured.
There are just so many permutations here........
As jbinbpt say's, there are ways of sending different stylesheets for printing, or different browsers, etc.
I usually put ads, or outside links, on the right with the nav bar on the left, content in the middle.
My reasoning is that the ads are closer to the scroll bar and when my visitors are fed up with scrolling a page, they may just look at the ads and click out that way ;)
Hope the above helps a little....
And here I am with navigation and ads combined in one bar. Hmm....
I wonder if the "heat map" will change, as more and more sites move to right-hand navigation...?
[edited by: encyclo at 3:11 am (utc) on June 8, 2006]
[edit reason] Added link for clarity [/edit]