The Academic Navigation is maintained and populated by the web publisher (i.e., the left navigation is not automatically populated), making it fully customizable.  It features a gradient look with rounded corners and expandable navigation to make the most of the space allotted. Academic Navigation should at least contain links for  AboutOur People, and  Academic Programs

Sample Academic Navigation

The Academic Navigation is maintained via a Block, which feeds two pages: the internal page that you preview within Cascade and the _ssi page, which is published for the site.  An academic site will already have a navigation present. This tutorial will show how to modify that navigation. 

  1. Academic Navigation Go to one of the academic site's pages. There will be a default navigation in place.  The navigation is "wired" to the  SIDEBAR region.  If one clicks the block for the slideshow, one will see which block is used to populate the navigation. 

  2. Editing the navigation   Click on the pencil beside the link for the block to Edit the contents of the navigation. There are three levels of links available.  The Link/Header level are the links you see.  One can use + or - to add or remove such links.  Each Link/Header comes with a secondary link designated by Link/Header >> Sub-Link and these can be added or removed similarly to the parent Link/Header . Each  Sub-Link has a third-level link designated  Third-Level and these, too, can be added or removed as previously described for the parent links. 

  3. Editing the Navigation - details For each link, one can specify an Internal Link (a Page in Cascade), a Symlink (a link maintained in Cascade under /_links) or an  External Link (entered manually - the full URL). For a top-level  Link/Header, this is where the link will go  if no Sub-Link is specified. When a  Sub-Link is specified, the  Link/Header becomes a toggle to expand or collapse the Sub-Links.  This is where All Link Text is useful.  On the accompanying screenshot, the Our People Link/Header has a Sub-Link "Faculty" where one is editing to specify a page for the Internal Sub-Link for Faculty.  This means that Our People is now a toggle to expand and collapse Sub-Links.  However, the user had already specified an Internal Link for Our People.  In order to retain a link that has become a toggle, the user entered All People for the All Link Text.  What this does is creates a Sub-Link that will go to the specified destination of the Link/Header that is now set to toggle (pictured below). If one specifies a third-level link, it automatically shows under the Sub-Link parent (i.e., Sub-Links do not toggle if third-level links are present).  Click  Submit when finished. 

    Expanded navigation with All Link Text and Sub-Link

  4. SSI Of utmost importance is specifying the  SSI Page that will feed the navigation of the site.  This allows for a single edit and publish of the navigation to effect changes in the site.  The SSI Page should be wired to the same Block that is described above.   Edit the block again and specify the SSI page (which should already exist in a new academic site). When finished editing, click  Submit.
  5. SSI nav Next, go the SSI Page, which should be in the  _ssi directory of your site. This will shows a pre-formatted versioin of your nav fully expanded for one to review.  
  6. Edit Widget Click Outputs and ensure that the Block assigned to the DEFAULT region is the Block you edited earlier to put content in the navigation. If it is, then you can publish the SSI page.  If it is not, then Edit the SSI Page, select Outputs and choose the appropriate Block. Again, make sure to click  Submit to save changes. 
  7.  Publishing the SSI Page updates the navigation for all pages using the same Block all at once. 

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