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The UX answer for this would be that a user action should be mapped to only one function; otherwise things can get confusing, the function can be ambiguous, and the result of the action can be unpredictable. If I take your proposal, how would you explain such behaviour in a manual? You'll have ifs and thens and you introduce logical complexity. ...


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You could try... Typeahead Allow the user free form text entry. As the user types a filtered list appears of items that match what the user is typing. Pick a number of items to show that is reasonable. You can provide a scrolling list when more items are available, or just show a set number and require the user to continue to type in something more ...


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Why not both? onClick and onHover actions are not competing. If there will be no difference between the subcategories you are showing in both approaches why not showing the dropdown menu and also add the "onClick" action to the primary navs options to redirect to a second page showing the categories? I don't really see any drawbacks with this approach, ...


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This is a great question, and it's very dependent on how complex the site is (categorically speaking) and your user-base and their needs. The real question that you'll want to be asking is not whether your colleagues feel one way or another is the correct path, but rather asking or looking at what your users are doing. Are they navigating to sub-categories ...


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I think the UX challenge here is readability. From the description of your 2nd colleague's idea, it sounds like your content is small enough to fit in the hover. Without knowing what that content is, I can't comment on the appropriateness of placing content in navigation. My concerns with the 2nd option are: 1) as amount of content (and size of each piece of ...


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I'm currently in a similar situation. In my opinion it's actually not two alternative approaches, but more like adding an 'extra feature' to the main navigation – at least that's how the situation is in the project I'm currently involved in: main navigation + sub-categories on pages main navigation with sub-categories in hover + sub-categories on pages ...


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As you mentioned, both ways are valid and could work as long as each one is user-friendly. So, there is no right or wrong, but you want to know what works best. I guess that the answer can't be 'the first' or 'the second' so you have to test it. I would do a usability test in both versions to see which of the two versions is more usable. However, I don't ...


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I think the second one is better, because it only uses 2 pages, while the first one uses 3, so the second one is faster.



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