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    Question PHP frame/includes problem

    Hi! I'm new to PHP, so forgive me if I am missing an obvious answer. I can't get a small portion of my include or switch statement to work correctly.
    I am trying to develop my own site using PHP instead of frames with this layout:

    |_______ Header __________|
    [__ Nav1___ Nav2 ___ Nav3 __]
    |_________________________ |
    |_________________________ |
    |_________________________ |
    |_______ Content __________|
    |_________________________ |
    |_________________________ |

    But within the content, I am trying to make a seperate navigation list like this:

    | [subnav item1] ___ subContent _____|
    | [subnav item2] ___________________|
    | [subnav item3] ___________________|

    where the subContent changes depending on which subnav item is clicked.

    To do this, I've been using something like this:
    <!-- Sample -->
    <div id="header">
           <?php include('header.php')?>
    <a id="nav" href="index.php?page=nav1">Nav1</a>
    <a id="nav" href="index.php?page=nav2">Nav2</>
    //etc for nav3
           $page = $_GET['page'];
           switch ($page){
                     case "nav1":
                    //etc for nav2, nav3
             } ?>
    And then within Nav1 I will have:
               <div id="subnav">
                      <?php include('subnav.php')?>
                <div id="subcontent">
                            $subc = $_GET['page']
                                      case "sn1":
                                          include('subnav1.php'); break;
                                      default: include(Nav1_home.php) }?>

    So when I visit my page, everything works except the includes statement for the content. The address bar would say "http://website.com/index.php?page=subnav1" but it would show the home page instead of the content which was written in the file subnav1.php. But however, when I visit say Nav1, the default includes "Nav1_home.php" will show up in the subcontent area

    Is this because I can't do multiple switch/include statements within each other? How can I work around that? If not, what am I doing wrong?

    I've been trying to search multiple forums for a problem close to this but I have not been able to come across one :[

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    Saying "using PHP instead of frames " is like saying you want an apple orchard without planting orange trees. We say Of Course

    So you want a horizontal menu and in the main area under that you want a vertical menu

    check these out

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    Haha... so i'm not totally understanding the apple orchard analogy. Thanks for the website though! it is very useful to see with the different designs. i will be sure to reference it in the future when i am thinking about more designs. however, i don't see it helping this problem much.

    i wanted to be able to load the subcontent without having to reload the page everytime a new navigation link has been clicked. however, i realize now that wanting that would be crossing into ajax and jquery territory so i have some more learning to do now...


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