Navigation patterns help readers find their way through the document and access the information they need.
Contracts are often not read linearly. Effective readers read text strategically, searching and using information for solving specific problems. For example, they skim-read to get the gist of the contract, re-read parts they don’t understand, follow up cross-references, and compare information from different documents. Navigation patterns help them in accomplishing these tasks. They offer a visual and logical access structure, with visible and well-organized headings, sections, pages, cross-references, as well as indexes, tables of contents, and menus.
These patterns also help contract crafters to manage complex documents (or sets of documents), keeping them complete and well-organized.