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change category within long menu

Thread began 12/08/2009 7:51 am by Alan Winthrop | Last modified 12/14/2009 5:08 pm by Eric Mittman | 982 views | 5 replies |

Alan Winthrop

change category within long menu

Hello,
I have been building a long vertical menu with 19 items.

I would like to subdivide the menu by colour or category.
Is this possible using Menu Writer Editing, via properties?
Could I achieve this perhaps by looking at the code or css.

If not, could I insert a blank or break between the menu items?

As an alternative route,
I have not been able to put two seperate menues into my Web Assist
template page as one has only displayed at text. I am not sure if I
need to nest a second menu?

I am sorry I am new to Webassist products and Dreamweaver CS3
and so not very proficient.

Your help is very much appreciated.
With best regards
Alan

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Eric Mittman

Are the items in your menu static or do they come from your database? If the links are coming from your db you could potentially rework the query to get the items organized by the category. If you have a column in your table that holds a color value you could make use of this color value in a custom applied style for the menu item.

Please explain a little more about your situation and how the menus are crafted and if you can post back with a link to the vertical menu so we have a better idea of what you are starting with.

As for the second menu not showing correctly there should be no limitation to having multiple menus on the page. There is probably some missing or incorrectly placed css references that are causing this problem. A link to the page would be most helpful in determining what is wrong.

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Alan Winthrop

Hello Eric,

Thank for getting back to me.
The menu is not from a database but a new static one for a new website.

I am simply using a Site Assist template and putting the menu in left hand
column. The menu is a simple vertical list, with no fly outs.
I would simply like to change some of the colours of the buttons within the
lower part of the menu to group them together. That is still my main aim.

Thank you for the help regarding the placement of second menu not showing up
properly. I am sure it was incorrect css references, I will persue that again if I
need to go back to that solution. It is good to know I can put multiple menus
on the same page. I presume, simply by placing them below each other on the
left hand column.

Thank you for your guidance.
With best regards
Alan

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Eric Mittman

You can adjust the colors for the individual items in the menu using inline styling. You can add in a style like this to the <a> tag in the menu:

html:
<ul class="level-0" id="cssmw">
<li><a style="background-color:#009933" href="#">Item 1</a></li>
<li><a style="background-color:#009933" href="#">Item 2</a></li>
<li><a style="background-color:#0033CC" href="#">Item 3</a></li>
<li><a style="background-color:#0033CC" href="#">Item 4</a></li>
<li><a style="background-color:#CC3333" href="#">Item 5</a></li>
<li><a style="background-color:#CC3333" href="#">Item 6</a></li>
</ul>



You just add the style inside of the anchor tag.

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Alan Winthrop

Thanks again for your assistance
Best regards
Alan

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Eric Mittman

Your welcome, post back and let us know if you have any further questions or experience any issues.

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