I've stumbled upon a page on my uni's internal sites that has something where I'm not sure if its a usability issue or not.
Here is a sketch of the page lay out. I better not show the actual thing.
So, what you've basically got for most of the site is a top menu/logo/title area and a left side quick links/quick info section, with the content filling most of the area to the bottom right.
This is a fairly standard design and works fine.
But there is one particular page of the website....where the page has another menu within the content section. Its a different style to the actual top menu, not just a duplicate, but it very much looks like what they've got is something that would be better as a totally separate page within the content section with this inner menu as a top menu.
This leaves an unusual impression on me, I didn't realise at first that the inner menu was a menu and thought it was just a static list of what this section of the site covers.
My question is....
Am I right in thinking there could be a usability issue here?
Is there much of a hard and fast rule about menus within menus? Or am I just imagining this as a problem?
Are there any guidelines about such things?
(Hoping you understand my image and explanation attempt here. haha.)