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View Full Version : Best CSS Single-Level Drop Down Menus?



Tristan Gray
07-16-2008, 08:20 PM
What is the best way to do this? I need support for IE6 sadly. So I will need to use some javascript. I have been looking at some of the tutorials online and it seems like some have gotten pretty clunky since the original suckerfish. What do you guys recommend?




If I am using javascript for IE anyway should I just make the menus completely javascript-based in all honesty?

_Aerospace_Eng_
07-16-2008, 08:39 PM
I still recommend the original suckerfish. I use it on my sites with a sprinkle of js for IE6. If you would like to take a look here is the url http://margaretwendt.com

Tristan Gray
07-16-2008, 08:44 PM
I still recommend the original suckerfish. I use it on my sites with a sprinkle of js for IE6. If you would like to take a look here is the url http://margaretwendt.com

Alright, yeah, I just tried some of the fancier newer version of the original and honestly I've found them clunkier than the original. I think I will stick with suckerfish.

Do you think drop downs are a good idea? If I am designing a site assuming javascript will be allowed then the only advantage of suckerfish menus is that if java is disabled a very ugly but usable version of the site will still render whereas pure java menus leads to no nav if java is disabled correct?

I am trying to think how I could redesign to side-step drop down menus entirely as I am unimpressed with the whole scene. I am looking to do a simple centered column layout with a horizontal nav bar. But that could change. Should it? I need opinions.

_Aerospace_Eng_
07-17-2008, 03:18 AM
Most browsers show the suckerfish menus just fine without JS. Its IE6 that has the issue. You can disable JS on the site I linked to and the menus will still work in modern browsers like IE7, Opera, and FF. Its best to put your important links at the top of the menu.

Not many users using IE6 are going to know how to disable javascript.

Before the menu that was currently up there, it was a 5x3 unordered list that was pretty overwhelming.

If you have a lot of links and are trying to minimize the space used in the layout then I think they are a good idea.

The only thing you need to consider is how creative can you get with CSS? Meaning how good can you style them to look like they fit in with the site?



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