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I need help with a drop down menu for my site.

I have found some scripts laying all over the place for this, but I am having difficulty integrating it into my current design. I'm wanting something that will be compatible with most browsers (primarily Firefox, Opera and IE).

My idea is to create a hover over drop down menu called "Interactive" which would bundle the Forum/Blog/Gallery all into one. The reason behind all of this is that I have too many links at the top of the page and whenever the resolution gets too low, the links to the right simply disappear (thus killing my liquid design).

I want to maintain the color scheme that I am using on the current nav bar on the drop down as well.

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To help you help me, I will post the code used on my pages:

source.html

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">

<head>

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8"><title>::Source::</title>

<link rel="stylesheet" href="layout.css" type="text/css" media="screen">

<link rel="stylesheet" href="style.css" type="text/css" media="screen">

<link rel="shortcut icon" href="favicon.ico" type="image/x-icon">

<script language="JavaScript" src="typetext.js"></script>

</head>

<body onload="type_text()">

<!--[if IE]><style type="text/css">#sizer { width:expression(document.body.clientWidth > 1280 ? "170px" : "24%" ); } </style><![endif]-->

<div id="sizer">

<div id="expander">

<h1><img src="images/slogan.gif"></a></h1>

<span class="top"><b><b></b></b></span>

<div class="wrap-rightside"><div class="wrap-leftside"><div class="wrap-border1"><div class="wrap-border2">

<div id="header"></div>

<div id="nav">

<ul>

<li><a href="http://www.complhex.com">Home</a></li>

<li><a href="http://www.complhex.com/Tech/">Tech</a></li>

<li><a href="http://www.complhex.com/Gallery/">Gallery</a></li>

<li><a href="http://www.complhex.com/Blog/">Blog</a></li>

<li><a href="http://www.complhex.com/forum" target="_blank">Forum</a></li>

<li><a href="http://www.complhex.com/The_More_You_Know/">The More You Know</a></li>

<li><a href="http://www.complhex.com/Personal/">Personal</a></li>

<li><a href="http://www.complhex.com/Contact/">Contact</a></li>

</ul>

</div>

<div id="wrapper" class="clearfix">

<div id="content" class="narrowcolumn">

<p class="navigation">

<span class="alignleft"></span>

<span class="alignright"></span>

</p>

</div>

</div>

<div id="footer"></div>

</div></div></div></div> <!-- #wrap-leftside -->

<span class="bottom"><b><b></b></b></span>

<b class="leftsidetop"></b>

<p id="disclaimer">© 2005-2006, complhex.com, Some Rights Reserved.</p>

</div>

</div>

<script src="http://www.google-analytics.com/urchin.js" type="text/javascript">

</script>

<script type="text/javascript">

_uacct = "UA-260579-2";

urchinTracker();

</script>

</body></html>

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layout.css

body {

padding: 40px 290px 40px 290px;

margin: 0;

text-align: center;

background: #000000 url(../images/stripe-bg.jpg) left top repeat; /* */

color: #000000;

font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;

font-size: 12px;

}

#sizer {

margin: 0 auto 0 auto;

padding: 0;

width: 24%;

max-width: 170px; /* version for IE is at the bottom of this style block */

}

#expander {

margin: 0 -290px 0 -290px;

min-width: 580px; /* Critical Safari fix */

position: relative;

}

/* Holly hack for IE \*/

* html #expander { height: 0; }

/* */

#wrapper {

width: 100%;

text-align: left;

position: relative;

}

#content {

padding: 1px 12px 1px 10px;

}

#content div.left { float: left; width: 48%; }

#content div.right { float: right; width: 48%; }

#content .clearing { display: block; clear: both; height: 1px; font-size: 1px; margin-top: -1px; }

#nav {

border-bottom: 2px solid #000000;

text-align: left;

position: relative;

}

/* \*/ * html #nav { height: 1px; } /* */

#nav ul {

list-style: none;

margin: 0; padding: 0;

height: 18px;

background: #636363;

}

#nav ul li { float: left; }

#nav ul li a {

float: left;

padding: 3px 10px 0 10px;

color: #FFFFFF;

height: 15px;

font: 11px Arial, sans-serif;

text-decoration: none;

font-weight: bold;

}

#nav ul li a:hover {

background: #636363;

color: #BEC187;

}

#disclaimer { height: 0px; padding: 0; position: relative; top: -25px;

width: 100%; text-align: center; font-size: 12px; color:

#000000; margin: 0; }

#disclaimer a { color: #542; text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; }

#disclaimer a:hover { color: #653; }

h1 { position: absolute; top: 12px; right: 35px; margin: 0; padding: 0;

border: 0; }

h1 * { border: 0; }

.wrap-leftside {

background: transparent url(../images/border/border-l.gif) bottom left repeat-y;

padding-left: 29px;

position: relative;

padding-top: 1px;

}

.wrap-rightside {

background: transparent url(../images/border/border-r.gif) top right repeat-y;

padding-right: 29px;

position: relative;

padding-top: 249px;

}

.leftsidetop {

display: block;

position: absolute;

top: 35px; left: 0;

width: 29px; height: 249px;

background: transparent url(../images/border/border-l-top.gif) top left no-repeat;

}

.top, .top b { display: block; clear: both; height: 35px; }

.top { background: transparent url(../images/border/border-tl.gif) top left

no-repeat; padding-left: 316px; }

.top b { background: transparent url(../images/border/border-tr.gif) top right

no-repeat; padding-right: 97px; }

.top b b { background: transparent url(../images/border/border-t.gif) top left

repeat-x; }

.bottom, .bottom b { display: block; clear: both; height: 35px; }

.bottom { background: transparent url(../images/border/border-bl.gif) top left

no-repeat; padding-left: 341px; }

.bottom b { background: transparent url(../images/border/border-br.gif) top right

no-repeat; padding-right: 71px; }

.bottom b b { background: transparent url(../images/border/border-b.gif) top left

repeat-x; }

.wrap-border1 {

background: #FFFFFF top left; /* url(../images/paper-bg.jpg) */

border: 7px solid #000000; padding: 3px;

margin-top: -250px;

position: relative;

}

.wrap-border2 { border: 2px solid #000000; position: relative; }

/* holly-hack the lot \*/

* html .wrap-rightside, * html .wrap-leftside,

* html .wrap-border1, * html .wrap-border2 { height: 1px; }

/* */

#header {

height: 140px;

background: #000000 url(../images/banner.jpg) center no-repeat;

/* background: transparent url(../images/banner.jpg) top center repeat-x; */

border-bottom: 2px solid #C0C0C0;

}

#footer {

height: 40px;

background: transparent url(../images/divider.gif) center no-repeat;

border-top: 2px solid #000000;

/* margin-top: 25px;*/

}

.post { position: relative; }

/* Text styles */

.post {

padding: 5px 0 45px 0;

margin-bottom: -10px;

/* background: transparent url(../images/divider.gif) center bottom no-repeat; */

}

/* Link Color/Style */

#wrapper a { font-weight: bold; color: #000000; font-size: 12px; text-decoration: none; border-bottom: 1px dotted #BEC187;}

#wrapper a:hover { color: #CC0000; }

#wrapper .aside .comments-link a,

#wrapper .post .meta-links a { text-decoration: none; border: none; }

#viewpage p, .post p, .post li { line-height: 1.4; }

.post .comments-link {

text-align: right;

margin-top: -2em;

}

p.navigation .alignright { float: right; }

p.navigation .alignleft { float: left; }

p.navigation { overflow: hidden; }

/* Image Wrapper Styles */

.img-overflow {

float: left;

width: 100%;

margin: 0 0 0 0;

}

.img-overflow b, .img-floatleft, .img-floatright {

float: left;

max-width: 100%;

padding: 5px;

background: #dca;

border: 1px solid #a98;

}

.img-floatright { float: right; margin: 0 0 5px 10px; }

.img-floatleft { float: left; margin: 0 10px 5px 0; }

.img-overflow b i {

overflow: hidden;

float: left;

border: none; padding: 0;

}

.img-overflow b i.right { background-position: right top; background-repeat: no-repeat; }

.img-overflow b i.center { background-position: center top; background-repeat: no-repeat; }

.img-overflow b i img { float: left; }

.img-overflow b i.right img,

.img-overflow b i.center img { visibility: hidden; }

#wrapper a.img-link { border: none; text-decoration: none; background: none; line-height: 1; }

#wrapper a.img-link img { border: none; text-decoration: none; background: none; padding: 0; margin: 0; }

/* h4x for IE < 7 */

* html .img-overflow b i { width: 100%; }

/* http://www.positioniseverything.net/easyclearing.html */

.clearfix:after {

content: ".";

display: block;

height: 0;

clear: both;

visibility: hidden;

}

.clearfix { display: inline-table; }

/* Hides from IE-mac \*/

* html .clearfix {height: 1%;}

.clearfix {display: block;}

/* End hide from IE-mac */

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Yes, I am aware that my CSS needs to be cleaned up, but I haven't had time lately. Thanks for any assistance that you can give me. Usually the people at BT are spot on whenever it comes to suggestions. :)

Edited by DOSError

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Well I did put together something a while ago using parts of the suckerfish css script. I got the menu working flawlessly, but I have major issues whenever I try to fit it into the area that my links are in now. I'm not at the server right now, so I can't upload the nav bar that I made, but that doesn't stop me from pasting the source. :P

index.html

<html>

<title></title>

<head>

<style type="text/css" media="all">@import "style.css";</style> <script type="text/javascript" src="menu.js"></script>

</head>

<body>

<div id="navigation">

<ul id="nav">

<li><a href="http://www.complhex.com" title="">Home</a></li>

<li><a href="http://www.complhex.com/Tech.html" title="">Tech</a></li>

<li><a href="" title="">Interactive</a>

<ul>

<li><a href="http://www.complhex.com/Gallery" title="">Gallery</a></li>

<li><a href="http://www.complhex.com/Blog" title="">Blog</a></li>

<li><a href="http://www.complhex.com/Forum" title="">Forum</a></li>

</ul>

</li>

<li><a href="http://www.complhex.com/The_More_You_Know" title="">The More You Know</a></li>

<li><a href="http://www.complhex.com/Personal" title="">Personal</a>

<li><a href="http://www.complhex.com/Contact" title="">Contact</a></li>

</ul>

</div>

</body>

</html>

style.css

/*

#navigation {

/*height: 1.6em;*/

}

/* another son of suckerfish...

http://www.htmldog.com/articles/suckerfish/dropdowns/

http://www.alistapart.com/articles/horizdropdowns

*/

ul#nav { /* top level ul */

border-bottom: 2px solid #000000;

text-align: left;

position: relative;

padding: 0 0 0 105px;

margin: 0;

list-style: none;

height: 1.6em;

background-color: #666;

}

#nav a {

height: 15px;

font: 11px Arial, sans-serif;

font-weight: bold;

display: block;

padding: 0 20px;

margin: 0;

line-height: 1.6em;

/*width: 6em;*/

color: white;

background-color: #636363;

text-decoration: none;

}

#nav a:hover {

background: #636363;

color: #BEC187;

text-decoration: underline;

}

#nav a.active {

text-decoration: none;

background-color: #333;

}

#nav li {

display: inline;

float: left;

margin: 0;

padding: 0;

/*height: 1.6em;*/

/*width: 10em;/* fixed width works better, but looks ugly */

}

/* second-level lists */

#nav ul {

height: 18px;

background: #636363;

padding: 0;

margin: 0;

list-style: none;

}

#nav li ul {

position: absolute;

width: 1.0em;

left: -999em; /* to hide menus because display: none isn't read by screen readers */

}

#nav li li {

/*height: auto;*/

float: left;

width: 13.8em;

}

#nav li ul a {

float: left;

padding: 3px 10px 0 10px;

color: #FFFFFF;

height: 15px;

font: 11px Arial, sans-serif;

text-align: center;

text-decoration: none;

font-weight: normal;

background-color: #777;

/*display: block;*/

/*height: auto;*/

/*text-align: left;*/

}

#nav li ul a:hover {

background: #000000;

color: #BEC187;

}

#nav li ul ul {

margin: -1.3em 0 0 14em;

}

#nav li:hover ul ul, #nav li:hover ul ul ul, #nav li.sfhover ul ul, #nav li.sfhover ul ul ul {

left: -999em;

}

#nav li:hover ul, #nav li li:hover ul, #nav li li li:hover ul, #nav li.sfhover ul, #nav li li.sfhover ul, #nav li li li.sfhover ul {

left: auto;

}

menu.js

/*

JavaScript for drop-down menu (IE fix)

...another son of suckerfish.

http://www.htmldog.com/articles/suckerfish/dropdowns/

*/

sfHover = function() {

var sfEls = document.getElementById("nav").getElementsByTagName("LI");

for (var i=0; i<sfEls.length; i++) {

sfEls.onmouseover=function() {

this.className+=" sfhover";

}

sfEls.onmouseout=function() {

this.className=this.className.replace(new RegExp(" sfhover\\b"), "");

}

}

}

if (window.attachEvent) window.attachEvent("onload", sfHover);

If you create all of these files and open index, you will see that I have a nicely configured nav menu (though it still needs slight evening on the 2nd level width). I don't know if the amount of divs and ids are just blowing my mind or what, but I couldn't figure out how to get it adjusted properly. I mean, it went into the right spot, but it didn't fill the whole area and the dropdown menu would disappear upon mousing over it. :(

I will upload an example later tonight for evaluation...I just thought I would post the code incase you wanted to experiment with it in the mean time.

Thanks!

\\DOS

Edited by DOSError

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