An SEO Professional asked John Mueller during a hangout about their breadcrumb structured data.
They were curious if this structured data is something that needs to be exactly the same as the breadcrumbs that a user would see.
They explained further that they see a condensed version of breadcrumbs on the page, while the structured data is the complete path of the breadcrumbs. The SEO professional wondered whether both are acceptable options to choose from.
John explained that the important thing about breadcrumb structured data to Google is that it’s visible on the page.
If it’s not entirely visible on the page, this is something that Google has to figure out, and this process is not intuitive.
Google will then need to determine whether it still makes sense to show the structured data in their search results.
This happens at approximately the 39:56 mark in the video.