View Full Version : Which drop down menu would you use? Suckerfish or UDM4-Brothercake?

Dec 11th, 2006, 08:19 PM

I am adding a horizontal drop down menu to this page and just want your opinion. I guess this can be a CSS question. The page is done in CSS, but I guess I have to pull in scripts for the menu to help the CSS along. (Though I'd rather not).

1) I can't get the menu from A List Apart to work. It shows up vertical in my IE (http://www.alistapart.com/d/horizdropdowns/horizontal.htm) so I scratched that one off.

2) The company has used Brothercakes menu before so have the license, it's nice but now that I am trying to set it up again it seems a bit heavy. (http://www.udm4.com/)

3) I am liking Son of Suckerfish and have it up and working good. (http://www.htmldog.com/articles/suckerfish/dropdowns/).

I will set both up and compare. (so far just have suckerfish up- http://www.emglab.com/dropdown1/) But I just wonder which would you use?

Which would be better for overall page size and old browser accessibility? This takes precedents over looks for the company.

Any problems editing them later? They want to access/edit it with Dream weaver in design mode.


Dec 11th, 2006, 10:41 PM
1 and 3 I would go with mainly because they aren't javascript dependent in the browsers that support :hover on any element. Brothercakes menu doesn't work when JS is disabled. The others do. Of course IE6 needs the js for the menu to work but thats because it doesn't support :hover.

Dec 12th, 2006, 01:56 AM
thank you

Dec 12th, 2006, 03:05 AM
I tend to use SoS but there are parts of JS-based menus that are more user friendly, such as having the sublinks remain exposed even if your mouse slides off of them for a sec. Something to consider for the realm of real-world accessibility, and not just non-JS enabled browser access.

Just my two cents…