Okay, I've managed to design myself into a corner and need help
getting out. I'm working with a maps database that allows the user
to create nested folders for organization. I'm limiting them to two
nested folders, but even so, this creates a situation where some
folders merely contain other folders.
I designed the main maps page as a directory so that you're always
one click away from a list of maps, e.g.,:
Topographic maps (5) - link
Political maps - not a link
- County maps (7) - link
- City maps (4) - link
However, when I get into these pages, I'm stuck on how to deal with
the navigation. I started with a left-hand scrolling menu containing
the full directory, but I'm afraid there's not enough horizontal
space to make this readable -- some of the folder names are long and
I'm obliged to use indents for the nested folders.
The client currently uses dropdown menus in the breadcrumbs, which is
weird and not entirely satisfactory. But I'm not sure my solution is
I think my basic premise might be wrong but I'm having trouble
digging myself out. Or maybe there's some nifty way of treating my
menu that I haven't thought of.