The side navigation of an application provides context through accessible menu options and positions a consistent component to connect to various pages in the application.
The side navigation is a collapsible side content of the site’s pages. It is located alongside the page’s primary content. The component is designed to add side content to a fullscreen application. It is activated through the “hamburger” menu in the Navbar.
There are other types of navigation that can be used along with the Side Nav: Breadcrumbs, Navbar, Tabs, Content Tree
- You need to navigate between multiple, static pages within the application.
Don’t use when
- Your application only has one page of content.
- You need to provide page-specific actions (such as Save, Edit, etc.). Use a Toolbar instead – Coming soon!
- Navigational items need to be loaded.
- You need to show a content tree. Use a Content Tree instead.
- Items in the side nav need to open dialogs.
- You’re designing for a mobile application - use the mobile specific side navigation – Coming soon!
When the side nav is actively being used by the user, it expands to full width This expanding functionality either a.) overlays the page’s content or b.) pushes the page’s content.
Do not use both types in one application. If a user navigates from one application to another, use the same side nav type across both products.
When the side nav is not active, it is either collapsed or hidden.
Overlay Side Nav (recommended)
The expanded menu overlaps the content of the page.
Use this type of side nav, when the content on the page is difficult to resize.
Push Side Nav
- The expanded menu pushes the content of the page.
- The side navigation menu is the top most element.
- The footer displays under the side navigation menu.
- Use Level 2 shadow on the right side of the side nav
- Leading icons are required for all items in the side navigation.
- All menu items must have a unique icon. When the menu is collapsed, only icon and an optional chevron are visible. The user needs to be able to distinguish between each item by icon alone.
- Dynamic menu width depends on the longest menu item (padding to be retained).
- Max width of the menu is 256px.
- If the menu text is too long, truncate it and show full menu item name on hover.
- The side nav does not support allowing the user to resize its width.
There are two color options available. They can be used in the following combinations:
- White Navbar with white Side Navigation.
- Blue Navbar with white Side Navigation.
- White Navbar with blue Side Navigation.
|White Nav Colors||Blue Nav Colors|
|Selected Item Background||
Padding and Spacing
|Menu Item Icon||width, height||24/1.5|
|Collapsed Menu Item||width||64/4|
|Collapsed Menu Item Chevron||width, height||16/1|
|Extended Menu Item||width||256/16|
|Extended Menu Item Icon||padding-right||16/1|
|Extended Menu Item Chevron||padding-right||4/0.25|
|Class||Type||Size (px/rem)||Font Weight|
|Menu Item||Body 1||14/0.875||Regular/400|
|Back Menu Item||Body 2||12/0.75||Regular/400|
|Level Header||Heading 4||14/0.875||Semi-bold/600|
- On load, show a collapsed menu (recommended).
- The side nav supports up to 3 levels of navigation.
- Clicking a menu item with sub items opens the side nav to its full width.
- Clicking the hamburger menu opens the side nav to its full width.
- When the user has clicked on a side nav link, the side nav collapses and the user is navigated to the specified content. If the user clicks outside of the side nav, the side nav collapses.
- Hovering over a menu item icon displays a tooltip with the menu item name. When the menu is collapsed, hovering over the icon displays a tooltip. In the expanded view, if the menu item’s name is too long (truncated to fit the width of the side nav), display a tooltip with the menu item’s full name. Follow the Tooltip guidelines for further reference.
- If the user clicks on a folder, that level of navigation slides out and is replaced with the next level of navigation under that folder.
- The folder’s name appears on top of the side nav to let the user know their location or level.
- To return to the previous level, the user may use the back button on top of the side nav.
- Ease in: 250mm; Ease out: 200mm
- The side nav slides in from the left to the right, when the menu is expanded or opened.
- The side nav slides in from the left to the right, when the user navigates to the next menu level.
- The side nav slides in right to left, when the user clicks a back button.
|Large||992/62||Overlay or Push||Hide or Collapse|
|X-Large||1200/75||Overlay or Push||Hide or Collapse|
|XX-Large||1600/100||Overlay or Push||Hide or Collapse|
|03/14/2022||1.3.0||New pattern added.||J. Wittmeyer, C. D. Savio Lazaro, S. Taylor, J. de Wit, E. Gunther, T. Manham, |
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