I have a compact vertical menu that's app-drawer style. It works really well since I only need the menu for basic navigation but need it small otherwise, but it has a navigation visualization issue.
My navigation is setup like:
Top Menu Item 1 Sub-menu item 1 Sub-menu item 2 Top Menu Item 2 Sub-menu item 1
and so on. All are dynamically named and assorted. Therefore a user has to select a initial option before the other items can be shown. But once a user selects a top-menu item they rarely navigate to another item. Currently I have it setup where the first item is 'top' level selector and then after that the items appear below.
Another option top level selected
Note here the
DEM changed to
PRIV to represent the secondary options for the
Privacy Incident and Policy Management space.
So, do you think this is a good way to illustrate the navigation? Do you think users will get lost in the initial selection? Do you have a better concept?
Additional thoughts: I thought about having the top level items be the first set of items on the space and then hovering would show the secondary items but because once a user selects a top level its rare that they change and then thats just more clicks to get to the action they want to perform.