Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. - Albert Einstein
That is a fit motto for site-designs, and may result in a great many hours of work.
Fit for overviews and locating a page in the sitemap: 'Section > a number'
Many section links on the site's regular pages are formed thus: Section › 1 (It is a clickable link), and take you to an Archive and (Archive) Section in the Site Map.
What section it is, can be found out in two ways: (1) By clicking on the and get to the section; (2) by decoding the link that pops up when you hover (hold still) the cursor over it. Pick your choice.
The number after › shows where a page is put in its Site Map section. Click on the section link (above), find the section number and go on from there. More often than not the page you started from is in a collection, and collections are marked with a for easy identification. Now, the pages in a collection and the collection itself share one placement number (as in the example above).
To find something in a collection, go to the collection and either look over it or use a page search (press [Ctrl and f] at the same time). The page search may come in handy many a time, for example when the collection lists a thousand headings, like this one: [Deutsches Sagenbuch].
Back to the section-and-placement link, Section › 1: We may actually locate where a page is in the Site Map at a glance, without clicking on anything: just hover (hold still) the cursor over the 'Section' and note the final letter and number (after #) in the link that pops up at bottom of the window.
The letter (a in this case) is for the archive (by a = 1, b = 2, c= 3, d = 4, etc.), and the number locates which Site Map section to look at or into.
Reading with ease
For any of the three most used browsers (2016), you may increase the text size on a page by just pressing 'Control' and + at the same time. In short: [Ctrl and +].
Identify items so they can help you navigate
For "help-out" background pages, like this one, the design differs from that of the main pages. You see if from the icon button (the yellow flower) in the upper left corner, the slanted, red arrow beneath it, the colour of the links in the coloured bands at top and bottom of the page, and the names of the links throughout.
Here is what you may meet on many ordinary pages:
The array on top of the pages
The bottom array
At bottom of the regular pages are end matters. For pages that are included in a site collection, 'Contents' is a link to the collection.
Beneath the orange dotted line near the end of many pages is a link ('Literature') to a large site bibliography. Besides, there may be some references on a page also. If so, they are put beneath the 'Literature' link near the page bottom. Footnotes are generally put after the literature list, if there is any such list.
And further down still there is a coloured band - a coloured "ribbon". It contains buttons for 'Up' (to the top of the page) and 'Next' page. The 'Set' and 'Section' for the page is there too.
Beneath neath the coloured band you find publication data for the site, links to a User's Guide, a link to the site's email page, and a link to a general disclaimer.
In-text icons may help accessing the ideas of a essay, etc. Aurora Harley of the Norman Nielsen Group tells in "Icon Usability" (July 27, 2014):
A user's understanding of an icon is based on previous experience. . . . [It should] communicate . . . meaning and reduce ambiguity. . . .
Pretty much of the site design conforms with basic usability rules, as those promoted by the ◦Nielsen Norman Group (see 'Popular Articles').
Sometimes there are quotation markers too, if they are from a source that appears often, or if what is quoted, is of a certain type. The markers are icons, that is, small images, A Buddhist quotation may serve as an example:
Do not have evil-doers for friends, do not have low people for friends: have virtuous people for friends, have for friends the best of men [Dhammapada 78].
The icon in this case is a wheel with eight spokes, which represents the eightfold path, also called the (gentle) Middle Way at the heart of Buddhism.
Outgoing links are generally marked with a small circle, ◦. At any rate you can see if a link is outgoing and possibly where it leads to, by holding your marker still for some seconds on (over) the link your marker without clicking on it.
Internal links are not marked by ◦.
A responsive page design
Content is made available to a wider range of readers by the responsive design that is being introduced on several pages - to the end that the width of a page adapts to the size of the screen from medium large mobile devices up to desktop computers.