Module 2: Checkpoint 16—Section navigation

Conformance: Mandatory


The section navigation bar must be located vertically on the left hand side of the screen.

The section navigation must be a list of straight text links, an expandable menu or a combination of both depending on the navigation requirements of the site section.

The width of the section navigation must be identical for all sites as defined in the CUE template stylesheet.

Expandable links in the section navigation must be flagged identically across sites, using the +/- icons supplied with the CUE template.

The links in the section navigation must be left aligned with the icons appearing first.

Section navigation text must be in sentence case, not uppercase.

The section navigation must display consistently on all pages within the section.

Benefits of conformance

  • Increased consistency.

Risks of non-conformance

  • Increased difficulty in navigating around a section of the website.

Implementation advice

More information

Homepages do not require section navigation.

Single section sites or single page sections within a site do not require section navigation; however this element must still be displayed.


Example of template with 3 column layout

Correct implementation: 3 column layout has been maintained, even when there is no section navigation.