4 Replies Latest reply on Oct 12, 2006 10:14 AM by Newsgroup_User

    Menus in Dreamweaver

    jimmykay
      Hi Guys

      Im a new user with dreamweaver and have got a bit stuck.

      Basically I have designed a basic html page with a layout table and cells. In the top cell I have the page tittle and with four drop down menus that were done in fireworks, by copying the HTML from fireworks into dreamweaver. I use this as a template accross the site.

      The problem I have is on one page there is a SWF movie in the cell below the top title and the drop down menus "goes behind" the movie so you cant see them! If there is an image in the cell bellow the menu "goes in front of it" so you can see it fine, it is only obscured by flash movies.

      How can I set it so the drop down menu of the top title appears in front of the SWF that is directly bellow it?

      Cheers in advance, I have no one else to turn to, I have very little HTML knowledge as well!!!!!
        • 1. Re: Menus in Dreamweaver
          Level 7
          > How can I set it so the drop down menu of the top title appears in front
          > of
          > the SWF that is directly bellow it?

          All Active content on a page will always rise to the top, so to speak,
          including Flash, certain form elements, Java applets, and Active X controls.
          This means that each of these will poke through layers. There is not a good
          cross-browser/platform reliable way to solve this issue, but if you can be
          confident in your visitors using IE 5+ or NN6+, then you can use the Flash
          wmode parameter.

          MM articles:
          http://www.macromedia.com/support/flash/ts/documents/flash_top_layer.htm
          http://www.macromedia.com/support/flash/ts/documents/wmode.htm

          > with four drop down menus that were
          > done in fireworks, by copying the HTML from fireworks into dreamweaver. I
          > use
          > this as a template accross the site.

          You're in deep trouble. The menus you have used are incompatible with DW
          templates. And they are nearly incompatible with everything - meaning that
          they will cause you nothing but trouble. Would you consider more reliable
          alternatives that may require you to learn a little HTML and CSS?

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          "jimmykay" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
          news:egkvnj$pvl$1@forums.macromedia.com...
          > Hi Guys
          >
          > Im a new user with dreamweaver and have got a bit stuck.
          >
          > Basically I have designed a basic html page with a layout table and cells.
          > In
          > the top cell I have the page tittle and with four drop down menus that
          > were
          > done in fireworks, by copying the HTML from fireworks into dreamweaver. I
          > use
          > this as a template accross the site.
          >
          > The problem I have is on one page there is a SWF movie in the cell below
          > the
          > top title and the drop down menus "goes behind" the movie so you cant see
          > them!
          > If there is an image in the cell bellow the menu "goes in front of it" so
          > you
          > can see it fine, it is only obscured by flash movies.
          >
          > How can I set it so the drop down menu of the top title appears in front
          > of
          > the SWF that is directly bellow it?
          >
          > Cheers in advance, I have no one else to turn to, I have very little HTML
          > knowledge as well!!!!!
          >


          • 2. Re: Menus in Dreamweaver
            jimmykay Level 1
            Thanks Murray, the WM Mode Parameter did exactly what I wanted, took 30 seconds and now the menus appear above the flash. Do many people actually use such old versions of browsers and whats the point? (apart from being too lazy or not knowing you need to uprgade).

            At the momemnt I'm just working on rough site designs , because I'm redesigning a website. The meod of doing pop up menus in Fireworks was causing a lot of hassle so I'll use other means. If i use the pop up menu java script option in Dreamweaver, will that be ok, or is it too much hassle ?

            I'm gonna do some serious reading into CSS and HTML:):)

            • 3. Re: Menus in Dreamweaver
              Level 7
              > Do many people actually use such old
              > versions of browsers and whats the point? (apart from being too lazy or
              > not
              > knowing you need to uprgade).

              Some do. It would depend on your demographic. I have to tell you, though,
              that even the modern Safari will not do wmode properly - did you check
              there?

              > At the momemnt I'm just working on rough site designs , because I'm
              > redesigning a website. The meod of doing pop up menus in Fireworks was
              > causing
              > a lot of hassle so I'll use other means. If i use the pop up menu java
              > script
              > option in Dreamweaver, will that be ok, or is it too much hassle ?

              You will have exactly the same problems. The DW/FW pop-ups are identical in
              DW<=8>=6 and FW<8. They were changed in FW8 (only) to something a bit more
              usable, but with NEW GIGANTIC FUZZY WARTS.

              To do them the right way, check the uberlink and MacFly tutorials at PVII
              ( http://www.projectseven.com/)

              and the Navbar tutorial/articles at Thierry's place
              ( http://tjkdesign.com/navbars/)

              Or to get it done fast, go here -

              http://www.projectseven.com/tutorials/navigation/auto_hide/index.htm


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              "jimmykay" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
              news:eglce7$b3g$1@forums.macromedia.com...
              > Thanks Murray, the WM Mode Parameter did exactly what I wanted, took 30
              > seconds
              > and now the menus appear above the flash. Do many people actually use such
              > old
              > versions of browsers and whats the point? (apart from being too lazy or
              > not
              > knowing you need to uprgade).
              >
              > At the momemnt I'm just working on rough site designs , because I'm
              > redesigning a website. The meod of doing pop up menus in Fireworks was
              > causing
              > a lot of hassle so I'll use other means. If i use the pop up menu java
              > script
              > option in Dreamweaver, will that be ok, or is it too much hassle ?
              >
              > I'm gonna do some serious reading into CSS and HTML:):)
              >
              >
              >


              • 4. Re: Menus in Dreamweaver
                Level 7
                On Thu, 12 Oct 2006 12:28:55 +0000 (UTC), "jimmykay"
                <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote:

                >Thanks Murray, the WM Mode Parameter did exactly what I wanted, took 30 seconds
                >and now the menus appear above the flash. Do many people actually use such old
                >versions of browsers and whats the point? (apart from being too lazy or not
                >knowing you need to uprgade).


                Not everyone has the choice to upgrade. In addition, browsers don't have
                to be all that old to fail using wmode. Opera didn't support it until
                the fairly recently released v8. Mac browsers don't support it unless
                they have OSX. As Murray says, how successful it is will depend, in
                large measure, on your target audience. However, it's a bit dangerous
                for the general public.

                Gary