I'm trying to investigate existing designs that solve this problem:
We have three major contexts inside our application, let's call them Build, Analyze, Configure. These contexts are bound to a particular selection from a list of items, and that list of items is intended to be "globally available". How might I represent the visual hierarchy such that the main contexts are both tied to the globally available selected item, but also the context of the main page?
I realize this is not entirely clear from text alone, so here is a picture to illustrate my problem:
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To give some examples of the data available in these different views...
The sidebar contains a list of
Tests where each test has a name, date, and statistics:
[ name, date_created, number_a, number_b, ... number_n ]. The sidebar only shows a small summary representation of a test, but the full realization of that test is contained inside the main page context. This includes complex equations and statistical configurations associated with that item. Again, clicking on a test summary found in the sidebar will populate the main context with that test's full representation. How can I visualize "these contextual tabs belong to a single
Test and the test they belong to is selected"?