Module Tabs

Problem summary

Content needs to be separated into sections and accessed via a single content area using a flat navigation structure that does not refresh the page when selected.


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  • Present the content of one tab inside a box (content area)
  • Place a horizontal bar on top of the content area with links representing tabs
  • Refrain from having more than one line of links in the top horizontal tab bar
  • Use color coding or other visual support to indicate what tab is currently being viewed
  • Present the content of each tab in the same content area
  • Only one content area should be visible at a time
  • Maintain the same structure of the top horizontal tab bar after a new tab has been clicked
  • Only the content area of the tabs and the horizontal tab bar should be changed when a user clicks a new tab
  • If possible, the page is not refreshed when a tab is clicked.
  • A new page is not loaded when a tab is clicked


The Navigation tabs pattern is an extension of the desktop metaphor in which physical objects are represented as GUI elements. Navigation tabs are derived from the idea of folders in a file-cabinet and are thus familiar to the end user

Module Tabs provide an easy way to show large amounts of similar structured data parted by categories

Tabs create a context for content, when a tab is selected the relevant content is loaded inside the content area.


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