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DW-MX-04 Drop-down menus won't work.

May 5, 2013 5:18 PM

I'm using Dreamweaver MX 2004 (have been for several years, so I know my way around it).  I want to create drop-down or fly-outs menu's to consolidate page links into categores in order to reduce the number of link tabs I have on each page.  I've been able to create the menu's I needed (using: Tag Chooser\ Behaviors\ Show Pop-U Menu), but when I preview the pages in IE, the text only shows on the mouseover text (not on top) despite having the text color set as black in the Menu window.  But it gets worse.  When I uploaded the page to try it, the drop down menus don't show up at all when I hover over the main buttons and  I get javascript errors.

 

Can anyone give me so assistance on how to resolve this?

 

I've checked the text color issue using the code view editing pane, and it matches the way I have it setup in the Pop-Up Menu.  But that's the least of my worries if I can't get them to work at all when the pages are live.

 

Thanks...JEB

 
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    May 5, 2013 6:26 PM   in reply to chugbug5

    Use CSS Menus.  MM Rollover menus are horrible.

     

     

         Pop-Menu  Magic2 by PVII (DW extension purchase)

        http://www.projectseven.com/products/menusystems/pmm2/index.htm

     

        jQuery Superfish

        http://users.tpg.com.au/j_birch/plugins/superfish/

     

        CSS3 Dropdown Menus

        http://www.red-team-design.com/css3-dropdown-menu

     

     

     

    Nancy O.

     
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    May 9, 2013 8:11 AM   in reply to chugbug5

    Hello JEB,


    You can also use AllWebMenus DW Extension to create CSS or JavaScript menus http://www.likno.com/wat_dreamweaver.html

     

    Dave

     
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    May 9, 2013 9:53 AM   in reply to Dave.Lu

    I never liked AllWeb Menus.  In the past they were entirely dependant upon JavaScript which failed to work if JS was disabled in browsers.  That with poor usability, bloated code and frustratingly difficult to edit without re-creating the whole menu system made me think twice before ever using much less recommending them.  Maybe AllWeb has improved since I last looked.  I certainly hope so.

     

     

    Nancy O.

     
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    May 9, 2013 10:25 AM   in reply to chugbug5

    "AutoHide, AutoLayers, snaplayer" were retired nearly 10 years ago. We

    also retired from Adobe's Exchange about 7 years ago after it become a

    zoo-like territory populated with poorly written extensions written,

    many times, by very untalented programmers.

     

    Our tools are only available directly from our site.

     

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    Al Sparber - PVII

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    The Finest Dreamweaver Menus | Galleries | Widgets

    Since 1998

     
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    May 9, 2013 12:58 PM   in reply to chugbug5

    MX2004 software is also somewhat antiquated and no longer supported by Adobe.   So it shouldn't surprise you that the tools from nearly a decade ago are obsolete today.  The web itself has changed significantly since 2004! 

     

    Web standards have moved from HTML3 to HTML5.  Layouts have departed from old school nested tables to more efficient CSS.  Unlike a decade ago, today's web devices include everything from hand held smartphones & tablets to laptops, desktops and TV displays.  So it's not possible to stand still and keep pace with the evolving web.  If you're not moving forward, you're falling behind.

     

    CSS is not an extension.  HTML = content.  CSS = Cascading Style Sheets.  CSS is used to style your content.    With CSS you can make an ordinary list look like a very cool menu with buttons, borders, shadows, drop-down and rollover effects.  If you master CSS, you can do some very creative things with it.  However, coding skills are essential.

     

    Below is an example of an unordered list styled with CSS to make a nice horizontal drop-menu.

    http://alt-web.com/DEMOS/CSS-Multi-colored-drop-menu.shtml

     

    To further illustrate the efficiency and power of CSS, look at CSS Zen Garden. 

    http://www.csszengarden.com/

     

    Every page on the right panel contains exactly the same HTML code as the first.  The only difference is the CSS code.

     

    The shift to CSS is intended to help web designers keep styles separate from content. Learning to work with CSS will make a you better web designer and save countless hours of tedious re-coding when you decide to change the look of your site.  It's much easier to edit one file instead of many. 

     

    Below are some links to help you learn more about how to work with CSS.

     

    HTML & CSS Tutorials -

     

    Have fun!

     

    Nancy O.

     
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    May 9, 2013 2:53 PM   in reply to chugbug5

    Chugbug,

     

    Most of what's on the Exchange is rubbish. Stay away from the Exchange

    and deal directly with Extension Developers' sites.

     

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    Al Sparber - PVII

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    Since 1998

     
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    May 9, 2013 2:56 PM   in reply to chugbug5

    These are the ONLY free extensions still available:

    http://www.projectseven.com/extensions/listing.htm

     

    These are our commercial extensions:

    http://www.projectseven.com/products/index.htm

     

    If you managed to find the download links for those old extensions then

    you entered the site from a backdoor or an old Google results page.

     

     

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    Al Sparber - PVII

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    The Finest Dreamweaver Menus | Galleries | Widgets

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    May 10, 2013 4:45 AM   in reply to Nancy O.

    Hello Nancy O.,

     

    You are correct about the JavaScript, but this is not the case anymore. They have a pure CSS version of menus. I have been an AllWebMenus user for many years, so i can tell that they have improved a lot. I also felt that it was complicated at first but over the time I appreciated the vast amount of features it has.

     
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