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breadcrumb trail

Contributor(s): William Burdick, Brendan Swarbrick, and Anton Cagle

On a Web site, a breadcrumb trail is a navigation tool that allows a user to see where the current page is in relation to the Web site's hierarchy. The term breadcrumb trail comes from the story of Hansel and Gretel, who left a trail of breadcrumbs as they walked through the forest so they could trace their way back home.

This was last updated in September 2005

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