The user needs to navigate among sections of a website and while having clear indication of what section the user is currently looking at.
Actually Jacob said:
“…use tabs to alternate between views within the same context (not to navigate to different areas).”
The main issue is not to use it as primary navigation, but its use in switching between similar sets of contextual information is valid.
So the example is out of data and perhaps the pattern could be updated?
@Stephen Holmes – I agree with update needed
I think the Amazon example (according to Jacob’s definition) is still semi valid because the tabs are flipping between sets of products. Though I think the blue bar (below the tabs) sort of breaks it. Though you could argue that the tabs are flipping between website objects so it could still be valid. Or if you treat Amazon as an app, you are simply flipping between views of the database based on department.
I think the main reason for Amazon abandoning tabs is that they now do so much more than just sell physical products.
What does everyone else think?