Although the navigation has been improved with Back buttons and the Dynamic Sitemap (breadcrumbs), this is only navigation "backwards", there are still a number of problems going forward:
1. It is difficult to tell what buttons do
2. There is no standardized forward navigation process to related components and subsets of a component
3. Realestate is used poorly, and movement through the website requires a lot of scrolling
To remedy this, the following is a suggested set of fixes:
1. Include a set of links (tabs) to the left of every page that define navigation within the component or context being viewed. (e.g. Connector details would have Schedules, Schema, Timings, General tabs etc.)
2. Each page would have a drop-down collection of operations for the component or context being viewed. (e.g. Connector details would have Add Schedule, Enable, Execute Full import etc. etc.)
This would achieve all of the listed problems above, but would also help with:
1. Standardization of display components, leading to reusable Web components which benefits every product and every plugin.
2. Standardization of navigation, to allow for components like the EB/IDB security to apply business logic to each context.
3. An entry point for plugins to add Navigation and Operations. (e.g. FIMEngine.dll adds a FIM tab to adapters)
4. Helps with localization by reducing the noise in views.
Ultimately the overall result would be that I would be able to say "Now run a Full Import" and it would be intuitive that it's in the drop down, as opposed to "Now scroll down to where it says Full Import, then find the table icon with the green refresh icon and click that"
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