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Is it a web app or a mobile app? Either way, on mobile phones in portrait orientation it is abnormal and inconsiderate to reserve so much screen real estate for a fixed menu. In landscape it might work, but generally and as James Coyle says, a side-navigation can typically be hidden from view with a toggle. Tabs and Bottom Navigation work well in portrait ...


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Id generally say if the side nav is more than a third of the screen width it should be toggleable or modal. It really depends on the content of your app and how important the navigation is.


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