window maximize / restore & navigation buttons
I'm new to this forum, so I hope I'm doing everything alright. Does anyone know, or know where I could find information about, what is standard windows behavior in the following type of a gui:
1) you have a screen with a sidebar to the left, with various navigation buttons;
2) to the right of the sidebar you have the main screen
3) running horizontally above and across both #1 & #2 is a horizontal menu options area(examples: File, Edit, etc); 4) beneath (or to the right of) these horizontal menu options, there is what I would call another horizontal bar containing navigation buttons (press one, and it will bring you to another screen)
5)At the bottom of all of the above is the option to activate a popup panel. This popup panel has both a maximize and a restore option for its window.
6) If you maximize, is it standard windows behavior that you would NOT then be able to effectively press navigation buttons from/in #4 above? I.e., they are effectively disabled until you "restore" the popup panel window from #5.
This is all probably as clear as mud! :-) But if anyone understands what I'm talking about, I'd love to hear input on my question in #6!
Re: window maximize / restore & navigation buttons
Yes, clear as mud...but, I think I understand what you are asking.
It seems odd to have the toolbars disappear when you maximize a child window, but it is unclear what this is (ie, web page, win32 client application, etc).
But, consider the following examples. On IE 7.0 I selected to display the main menu all the time. However, when I go full-screen (F11) and move the mouse to the top to show the URL and toolbar the menu does not display. (Personally I don't like this behavior, if I selected to show the main menu always I want to always see it...even in full screen.)
Another example is in Word 2007. When I select view full screen the ribbon bar and main menu disappears, and is replaced by two small toolbars (one top left and one top right) of the window until I press ESC.
Since I don't know what type of controls or app you are working on, you might ask your developer or project manager for an example of an application that has similar behavior.