I'm the product manager for the online documentation application here at MathWorks. I'd like to be of some help, but I think I need a bit more context on what it is you're trying to do with the page heirarchy, so the team can brainstorm on possible future enhancements to address your concern.
Generally speaking, the documentation has multiple templates of content. For example: Product landing pages, category pages, concept pages, examples, and references (functions, classes, blocks, etc)
Individual concept, examples, and references
- can be linked from multiple places in the documentation
- Have an "on this page" section in the lower left nav
MathWorks generally focuses on the HTML version of the documentation, since it is visited by the majority of MATLAB users. The assumption is not that someone needs to read a bunch of pages before trying to perform a task, though. We strive to make every page easy to find and immediately helpful. If you have discovered some pages which need a stronger indicator of workflow, that is definitely something to share with the authors of those pages.
Can you share more about your workflow, so I can better understand the problem you are trying to solve?
Are you, by chance, writing your own documentation?
If you would like, you are welcome to direct message me and we can take this question offline, since it may be a bit of an edgecase for the larger answers community.
I'm happy to help however you choose to proceed.