Hello Rob Davis,
based on your requested scenarios I don't think you should use TabStrip control at all. TabStrip is generally used as a means for navigation between different views of a same page (e.g. if the page shows contact information of a user, you would have tabs "General", "Personal", "Misc" which would show contact information from different perspectives).
Now, back to your scenarios:
" how do you control the starting node and how deep the control will go when used as a menu. for example. When using tabstrip as a horz menu at the top of a site. I want to have child pages of top level navagation expand on rollover."
- this functionality is provided out of box by RadMenu control, which does exactly that what you are trying to achieve. The rollover with expanding of children nodes is provided out of box, you can set how many levels you want to display and so on. Also menu can be horizontal or vertical and it supports styles, so you can get it to look exactly as the tabstrip if that's the look you are aiming for.
- "then, in another place in the site. I want to have another nav which is verticle to show only the children of "Page 1" Can I do this? "
Take a look at the sample TUI site where this exact functionality is implemented with a simple asp.net treeview. All you do is set the ShowExpandCollapse="False"
property of the treeview to false.
I hope I was able to clarify some of the peculiarities of different navigational controls we offer. If you have any other questions or need further advice, please, feel free to contact us.
the Telerik team