Side nav navigation pane behavior - customizable?

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Side nav navigation pane behavior - customizable?

Postby Louise Bennett on Tue Jun 15, 2021 9:53 pm

I am wondering whether anyone knows of a way to make the selected item in a navigation pane (side nav template), the top item in the pane. The reason for this is that we have received usability feedback that the way the selected item is sometimes ending up at the bottom of the pane when the pane re-renders after selecting a new topic is annoying.

Our project contains about 200 individual guides, each of which can go to 4 levels of heading. So the navigation pane is quite large. Only one guide opens at a time, which helps reduce the pane's size, but moving from topic to topic in a guide's hierarchy results in the nav pane jumping around every time it refreshes. Ideally we could force the parent in the guide (which would be the guide name in our case), to be the top item in the navigation pane regardless of the position that that guide occupies in the overall list of guides.

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Re: Side nav navigation pane behavior - customizable?

Postby Dave Lee on Wed Jun 16, 2021 12:45 am

You definitely can't do that with Flare's skin editor, and I think it might be quite a difficult thing to hack using CSS and scripts.

Mind, I think Side Nav works the same as the majority of other navigation menus, and it may be far more annoying to dynamically move around parts of the menu, as it would break your learning process of the menu structure.

What is annoying is that the highlighted menu item can often be displayed right at the bottom, and so isn't always that noticeable. Perhaps put in a feature request to scroll the highlighted item further up the page and nearer the middle.
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Re: Side nav navigation pane behavior - customizable?

Postby Louise Bennett on Wed Jun 16, 2021 4:43 pm

Thanks Dave, that's what I thought might be the case to be honest.

I'll put in a feature request.

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