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Hi Christoph,

On Sun, Jan 16, 2011 at 5:57 PM, Christoph Noack <> wrote:

It's not very common; most sites have drop-down menus that
don't show sub-menus when sub-pages are loaded

Correct, but I bet the mature ones do have a breadcrumb navigation or
something similar. So even if the user doesn't see the menu, they still
see the current "context". Funnily, the Silverstripe main page does this
(more or less) at the bottom of the pages:

Well - we had Breadcrumbs on the site as well with the
previous design, but they were removed on purpose by Ivan
People on the list were divided, some liked it, some thought they were

Now that the second level is displayed anyway as seperate menu-bar,
I'm more with those who think it is no longer necessary.

Having breadcrumbs is no problem. The question is whether that would
help at all.
It would add another series of links, with the same labels you already
see multiple times on the screen - and that is much duplication...

I prepared the menu for popup-navigation (i.e. you hover on the
entries and see its children), it's currently disable because lack of
proper css styling.

     * Top-levels categories represent own pages (the issue we talk
       about for LibO). In that case, the highlighting is wrong (same
       issue for us).

It seems we may have a misunderstanding - in Silverstripe, what you
refer to as 'category' is created by linking sub-pages to a parent
page. There cannot be sub-pages without a parent page.

Ah, okay.

See other post - there are three link states that can be used for
styling the menu "link" (not active, currently page is not a child)
"section" (currently viewed page is a child) and "current" (the
currently viewed page)

I did some Googling and found a possible solution: have the top-level
page redirect to a child page. Since our navigation is automatically
generated by Silverstripe's page hierarchy model, this would be a good

No, I completely disagree - I love the hierarchical structure, and I
dare to say that this is what people working with the site would


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