Another type of navigation is Breadcrumb or Breadcrumb Trail:

Breadcrumb Trail Example

A breadcrumb helps users keep track of where they are within the website. In the example above, Information Technology Services (ITS) is located within SJSU Home.

The Parent Directory contains the current directory or folder. In this example, SJSU Home is referred to as the Parent Directory, and ITS is referred as the Child Directory or Sub-Directory.

Think of directories as a file system where each directory is stored within another directory. Here’s a diagram of how that file system looks like:

From a top to bottom perspective, the parent directory is known as the parent of the following directories. Within the parent directory there are child directories known as sub-directories. Within sub-directories there may be more directories known as folders.