Navigation is always a bit tricky. Now that the site's relatively stable I do want to look at it again, at some point. As you may have noticed, I've recently added links to "other main sections" on the left below the locally relevant links.Going by your own approach Dave, what you're suggesting is having all the subsections on that left hand side, permanently, and have links along the top for the various pages in the subsection? It's certainly one way to go.My approach is to have all the key subsections of the site reachable from my drop-down list; so in a sense, like yours, they're all available from any page with one click but it conserves space by having them in the menu.The thing is that when you start doing it in a fixed way you end up with a very long list down the left, and some of them may only be single pages - not subsections. I think that can be a bit much and requires quite a small font to stop a short page being a mile long! I like the way Shane does it actually, with two colums - far left stays constant, and then the inner one alters according to what your current section is.I think one thing which people may not take to is the use of the "This page" bar that's intended to let you move up and down the hierarchy of sections. But I think your point, Dave, is that if you're in a subsection you may need to go back to one of the index pages to get to a totally different subsection? The drop down menu would actually avoid having to do that because I think it now includes most, if not all, of the subsections, but it may not be obvious that that's the case... Funny thing is, last time I tried to alter my navigation I got shouted at! Still, I'll have a think about how to reduce the number of times you need 2 clicks to get to a page rather than just one. I recently got a script which may help with a few things, but I'll need to do some planning before I do anything radical! I'm always somewhat limited by the software I use to do the site, as well - a fundamental departure from the way I do it now would be quite work-intensive and I'm not sure I'd be motivated to do it really...BTW, I've received the article I mentioned at the start of all this and I will probably have it posted on the site by the end of the weekend...!
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