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So if you've something to say about that Issue, please post. Wether it's pro or con. Thanks.
One other possible explanation for my peculiar behavior is that a vertical navbar requires less eye motion to scan multiple listings. One or more rows of tabs requires more side-to-side eye scrolling.
I like tabbed designs in concept, but (because of my personal dislike for them) rarely use them. I assume Amazon has tested this concept, however, and they must work at least as well as other approaches.
if found an article about this, it's quite old (nov 1999), but has an interesting theory on navigation tabs: When Bad Design Elements Become the Standard [useit.com]. navigation tabs is listed as one if this.
the author thinks so, because the tab concept should return the same object in a different kind of view. so only view changes and not the content.
nevertheless, i don't think that's true. even the gui of any operation system doesn't use tabs in that kind of manner. nor the phonebook or folders in the office.
it would be great to have some more specific arguments against navigation tabs at all ;).
added: i forget to mention that it's an article of jakob nielsen, the selfnamed priest of web usability ;)