Look-ahead technology

The reason we call it look-ahead is because that is really what it does. A requirement of a robust site is information being placed at the user’s finger tips. For a listing site this means showing the user how many items are down each path before he navigates that path. This is very important and cannot be stressed enough. If you wish to list all widgets by state, there will be about 50 links on the page, one for each state. The user might want to view the state with the most widgets. On many websites, there is no way to know how many items are on the next page without actually clicking down that path and hitting the database.
With look-ahead technology, you always know how many items are down paths all paths all the time. A side benefit of this is that all null paths are filtered out. When a software developer is building the site, there is no way for him to build a path to an empty result set. This is a very good feature since there is no reason for a user to go down that path in the first place.

For example if you are running an e-commerce site, you want to make sure the user-experience is pleasant. There is also a desire to keep users on the site as long as possible browsing. With look-ahead, users never get zero results and they can see how many items you are listing in each category or any other classification.

Last edited May 4, 2013 at 3:02 PM by codetools, version 1

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