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Hello all,

We are redesigning one of our company websites.  Every page has a standard
top nav and left nav and bottom nav.  Top nav takes you to most popular
sections (ex., books, music, movies, etc. - these aren't the real
categories, but they're analogies).  Left nav takes you to topics (ex.,
fiction > various subcategories, non-fiction > various subcategories,
etc.).  Bottom nav takes you to company info (ex., about us, contact, site
map).

On some pages, we also have need of ANOTHER nav, I'd call it a sectional
nav, and I am really struggling with how/where to squeeze this in.  An
example of this is when we have a live web event and there's one page where
you can submit your question, another page where you can see questions and
answers as they are posted and read the qualifications of the participants,
a third page that explains how the live web event works (format, structure,
functionality and so on), a fourth item that's a link to our archives of
previous events.

My boss hates tabbed interfaces.  I don't see where else another nav could
go.  when we put it in as a second horizontal nav, with the standard nav, a
header and then the additional nav, it just looked so busy and confusing.
Right now, it's buried off in the upper right of the page, where most people
miss it.

I tried to search the list archives for suggestions, but I couldn't narrow
my search terms effectively enough to get at this particular problem.

Can anyone recommend resources I could read regarding this?  Anecdotal
suggestions are always welcome, of course.

Thanks in advance, Melissa Butler

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'do'." - Larry Wall, developer of Perl.

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