I have an application that's quite complicated -- and unfortunately there's a TON of data that needs to be displayed...and not enough room. I have a 2x3 grid with "objects". These objects contain high-level data. If the user wishes to see more detail, they must click "more information" and a modal displays that shows them information and the ability to edit the composition of the elements contained inside.
I chose the modal for two reasons --
-First, the user would want to view all of this information (and boy, is there a LOT) on one page. They should be able to view all data at the same time (thus, accordion menus are not an option, however scrolling tables are forgivable).
-Second, I did not have enough real estate and i think double scrolls (there are several tables of data that need to be displayed - and almost all of these tables have a lot of rows) are a terrible idea.
That being said, the modal allows the user to edit the elements in the table. However, in order to edit these elements, they must go to another tool (this will not change - it is a hard requirement since the tool is extremely complex and requires its own screen - there's just no way around this).
Is there an elegant way (or perhaps even an example?) of how to re-direct a user from a modal to another tool/page completely? Am i smoking crack thinking that this could quite possibly? Any feedback is helpful.