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My first menu, and I just can't keep it simple now, can I?

Thread began 9/14/2009 9:11 pm by lon.winters301855 | Last modified 9/17/2009 9:21 pm by Jimmy Wu | 1223 views | 5 replies |

lon.winters301855Beta Tester

My first menu, and I just can't keep it simple now, can I?

I may have painted myself into a corner here, or maybe there's still a way out. Here's what I have so far.

1. Created a custom menu and theme - no problem.
2. Needed non-uniform button widths. Search here revealed a solution to use inline styles to define the with for each button. Did that, worked greate.
3. Needed a uniquebackground image for each button, applied inline style again, works great.

Hover state text change does anything I want by editing the CSS. No problem. But, i would like the background to change. It appears by adding either a global background image or inline background images overrides any other background styles. Therefore I think I need to:

A) Somehow override the background image for the hover state and apply a regular style (Color) (this could be global) or
B) Swap the background image for another on the hover state? (This would most likely have to be inline due to the varied sizes)

Any input appreciated!

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Jimmy Wu

A different way you can do the background images is to define a class for each of the links and apply the images in the menu.css file. This way you can assign a hover state for the class as well.

For example, if my menu looks like this, I have added the link1 class to the Item 1 menu:
<ul class="level-0" id="cssmw">
<li class="parent"><a class="link1" href="#">Item 1</a>
<ul class="level-1">
<li><a href="#">Sub Item 1</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Sub Item 2</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Sub Item 3</a></li>
</ul>
</li>
<li><a href="#">Item 2</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Item 3</a></li>
</ul>

In my css file I have added this:
ul#cssmw > li > a.link1 {
background-image:url(img.jpg);
}

ul#cssmw > li > a.link1:hover {
background-image:url(hoverimg.jpg);
}

Note, the img.jpg and hoverimg.jpg need relative paths to the image. The css for the sublevel menus would be slightly different as well.

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lon.winters301855Beta Tester

Excellent Jimmy, thank you!

I imagine I could also include the varied widths for each one of the buttons in my link classes, that is much cleaner than adding inline styles.

I did find a workround for the original prjoject (not too pretty so I won't post it), but I will go back and change it to this. On project number two, this is the only thing that will work so thank you again!

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Jimmy Wu

Yes, you should be able to add the widths to the css file as well. I'm glad it was helpful to you. If you have any additional issues feel free to make a new thread.

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lon.winters301855Beta Tester

Just wanted to post an update -

Everything is working great! The only minor tweak I had to make was to preload the hover images. There was momentary white space the first time I rolled over each button. Once the images were cached that went away.

So I just used DW's preload images behavior and they were all loaded and ready to go.

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Jimmy Wu

Glad to hear that you got it working. If you have any additional issues, feel free to make a new thread.

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