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    Before I start, I just want to tell all the advisors that this is NOT MEANT TO BE A WEBSITE REVIEW.

    Alright, my site, http://www.finheaven.com/ , has tons of content. Unfourtunately, the content is becoming a problem with new design that I wish to have. I've thought about using this menu here: http://www.dynamicdrive.com/dynamici...pmenuindex.htm but found out that in order to update the menu, I would have to update every page, even if I use SSI for the menu.

    I'm not the best web designer, so please help me out on some ideas, or leads. I am looking for a nice menu system that looks good, and is easy to update.

    Any help is appreciated... thanks!
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    This is the job for a scripting language. Do something like this:

    print $top_of_page;
    get_db_stuff();
    while(@results = fetch_db_rows()) {
    print "<a href=\"$results[0]\">$results[1]</a>";
    }

    You'll want to read up on Kevin's PHP article if you're using PHP, and read the first few chapters if you want to use Perl.

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    I'm sorry - but what do I do with that? I've gotten a few CGI programs to work - so I can handle some CGI scripting, but I'm clueless with PHP for now...
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    Seems like a simple Click-Go script should work and you can install it using SSI. I use several on my other site and they work fine.
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    A simple drop down menu... those usually don't look the best, however, that may be the best option...

    Any other ideas out there??
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    Why do you have to redo every page, even with SSI?

    How about the nav script from brainjar.com? It's pretty decent. For a demo, you can see http://www.jbmproductions.com (the nav bar is at the top of every page..)
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    I looked at those scroll-in from the side menus. Very neat but also confusing.

    How would it be implemented on a site? How would a visitor know to put their mouse where the menu is? From what I saw there's just a little corner of the menu window showing. If I saw that on a site I might think it's more likely a bug than a scrolling feature.
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    Hey - that menu is pretty cool, however, I'm looking for a vertical menu.

    Any more suggestions? I like the drop down menu - but for some odd reason, Netscape is giving me one problem. The problem is that it "cuts" off the drop down menu. For example, one says "History & Info" and Netscape says "History & I" but when you click the menu, it shows the full word... kinda wierd.

    Anyways - any more help out there? Is the drop down menu the only reasonable thing that will work out for me?
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    What about a drop-down menu "tree"? You can find them in DHTML and Javascript, whichever suits you. They work something like Windows Explorer. You click on a main file heading and the sub-headings drop down.
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    Most "trees" I've seen only work in IE. And what would be better with browser compatibility? DHTML or Java?
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    http://wsabstract.com/script/cut51.shtml

    (Javascript) works in IE 4+ and Netscape 6+, tree is fully expanded for other browsers.

    http://www.dynamicdrive.com/dynamicindex1/navigate1.htm

    (DHTML) IE only, but the tree is fully expanded for other browsers.

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    Out of those two - the DHTML one is the better one. The Java menu DID NOT work in Opera, it didn't even collapse. While, in my older Netscape, it worked correctly.

    However, I thought that it would be good to make your page the same in all browsers. Maybe I'm wrong, what is your opinion?
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    I wouldnt recommend doing ANY client side scripting for this menu. I mean, dhtml or javascript. For one, it will be even more complicated to change over tons of content. Second, it won't work on all browsers correctly. Since you said you don't have a lot of programming experience, I recommend just sticking with SSI.

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    i think it was JAIEM that asked about a side exposing menu?

    i use mine to show a calendar.

    i've just begun web developing and i really like the script. ive never seen a site that used it for navigation. i think id like to try that!


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