Hi, I am just wondering why the header nav does not have a selected state – what is the rationale behind this from a user perspective?
Hey Tim - I think for a time there was an ‘active state’ proposed, maybe @tjharrop will know the decision behind not going ahead with that?
From a quick look at some other sites:
- NSW.gov.au (using Design System) does not show which section of the Main Navigation you’re currently in
- DPIE (using Design System v2) does use an active state (example of active state menu showing on the Register your tree page)
- Department of Education also does not
- Service NSW does use an active state
In all honesty, I don’t think we’ve made an active decision to exclude it, it’s just not a feature we have. It looks like the previous incarnation of our team did some research, so I’ll keep looking around for their findings.
If you’ve got any insights/research/knowledge on the topic and want to propose whether we should specifically introduce or exclude it, we’d be open to that. If we do create one it would be part of the main nav component as optional, since the main nav isn’t actually a blue diamond component, and so usage isn’t mandatory. We’re in the middle of formalising how those lines around the components ‘work’ (not in a technical sense, in consistency terms) so this could tie up with that.
We’re open to suggestions!
Thanks for looking into it TJ,
I think it would be helpful for the user. NN/G have an article that recommends it – and I learned a new term from it – “location signalling”!
I’ve had a query from a team member around sticky nav when users scroll and if that’s something that will be incorporated.
Are you able to point me in the right direction for this one?