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Vertical left-hand navigation is a common convention for this use case. Users will already be familiar with the navigation as you currently have it organized, so I would hesitate to consider … removing it simply to gain more screen real estate. I think there are some optimizations to your current interface that would help to maximize the available space without making the navigation harder to …
answered Mar 1 '13 by Charles Wesley
To solve this for navigation elements that have children, add an additional element to the navigation element for the user to interact with to "expand" the menu: download bmml source …
answered Oct 29 '13 by Charles Wesley
, the user's eye is able to travel along a single vertical path to evaluate their navigation options. My suspicion is contrast is a "primary" perceptive function, not a reflective function on the … cognitive load, so if anyone can provide a link or set me straight that would be great. I would just prototype the two using the longest navigation labels you think could possibly appear and do some …
answered Dec 7 '12 by Charles Wesley
If you are confident that tabs would not wrap, the first option has the benefit of increasing the visibility of the available tabs rather than hiding them within the drop down. You also have the abil …
answered Jan 30 '13 by Charles Wesley
There was a good discussion on this in another thread and the consensus was that it still bore relevance in usability and that it should stay. For your particular case, however, it might be instructi …
answered Nov 28 '12 by Charles Wesley
If you are going to open this application up to allow for customers to create their own entities and map that structure to their line of business then it will become an icon nightmare very quickly. …
answered Jan 31 '13 by Charles Wesley
Putting navigation on the left is very orthodox and through repetition it has become enshrined in the cannon of UI dogma. However that doesn't necessarily make it true. Jared Spool wrote on this … subject: In my opinion, you shouldn’t care what I (or potentially most others on this list) like for navigation. I don’t even think you should care what your users like. You should only care …
answered Dec 27 '12 by Charles Wesley
I have been doing some research on this site regarding whether a mega menu on a web site should activate/deactivate via hover or click. I found a question with good answers regarding actuating the …
asked Jun 27 '13 by Charles Wesley
On the Mac OS, the Finder's Miller Columns uses a combination of scrolling and breadcrumbs to support navigation: The advantage to this approach is the scrolling allows the user to see all of the … up stream). Potential Enhancement An alternate navigation enhancement you could make, however, is be to have a "segmented" scroll tied to the breadcrumb below. This would be similar to the the …
answered Apr 12 '13 by Charles Wesley
abstract containers that group application functionality. The menu in this context is navigation for actions. Web Site In contrast, a menu on a web site represents a hierarchy of "pages". The … navigation menu takes you to different "places" within a matrix of "locations" which means that the root items would correlate to a "place". It isn't just an abstract container, but represents something …
answered Mar 29 '13 by Charles Wesley