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Gah Prunes!

Sigh... I see these all over the place - a taskbar at the top of the web page, where clicking or mousing over an entry produces a drop down list in the same format from which you can pick. I just went to add such a thing to a list on a website I maintain, and realized all I knew how to do was produce a white box containing the first entry, with a down arrow next to it. Well, that wouldn't do, so I got onto the net and looked up a few online html manuals, only to find that all THEY would tell me how to do was produce the aforementioned white box etc. etc. I noticed one of the manuals HAD a set of dropdown menus of the type I wanted, so looked at the source code. Which wasn't quite pure html, but what the hey. What I found were lists with header class "toplevel" followed by subheaders of class "drop", neither of which class is defined in the two css files linked to the source code.

In other words, I have no idea how this works. Anybody? IS there an html way to do this or do I need javascript or something? If I know where to go look it up, I'm pretty sure I can manage. It's a real simple list, too - just five links. Ideally, I want to be able to mouseover an image, and have the list drop down below it but if I have to I can make up a pure text taskbar easily enough, so that the header can be the visible entry.


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Aug. 20th, 2010 05:52 am (UTC)
I really, really wish I could help you with that. I can't figure'em out myself. ~blinks~ HAI THAR, btw. <3
Aug. 20th, 2010 07:11 am (UTC)
Wow! Hi! Howzit going? Just realized I've not seen your LJ in awhile. No posts, or am I just missing it in the rush?

Is that multiple dancing No-Faces or Deatheaters doing the macarena? Anyway, I like the icon.

I'm writing a website for a friend so naturally the one thing I really need to get up soon is the one that turns out to be weird. Sigh...
Aug. 20th, 2010 07:24 am (UTC)
I need write posts anymore. I'm being a lazy Shica.

Why yes. Yes it is. ~laughs~

Isn't that the way it always goes? I've had many a Photoshop dilemma when a friend wanted me to do something spectacular that I just could not do. ~laughs~
Aug. 22nd, 2010 05:36 am (UTC)
I've picked up a live sample of XHTML doing it (from fanficauthors.net headers), but there seem to be so many fiddly little bits some of which I don't understand required in it that I'm not sure I want to use that approach. I probably need to find a XHTML manual; thus far all I see is an update document which is fine but says zip about dropdown lists. Plergb.

Meanwhile, since I've only GOT one content item for the toolbar, I've just put up all the drop elements as the toolbar for the page. (It's here, if you're interested).

PS - I've picked up a Skype account; email me privately if you've got one too and are interested in conversing. No long distance charges... :)

Edited at 2010-08-22 05:38 am (UTC)
Aug. 29th, 2010 12:56 am (UTC)
I found your LJ after enjoying your Babylon5 summaries and remembered having bookmarked a good detailed tutorial for a drop down menu using HTML/CSS. Haven't tried it, I'll admit, but it seemed to make sense. The site is Pro Blog Design - http://www.problogdesign.com/wordpress/how-to-create-a-beautiful-dropdown-blogroll-without-javascript/ - the author is Michael Martin and it is dated July 23 09.
Aug. 30th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
Thanks - I'll go take a look at this!
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