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    Hi, everyone. For a site that I am working on I'm trying to create one of those interactive menus that works like the windows start menu. When you hover over a category a piece pops out with more links. Hopefully you understand what I mean. I think this would use layers and javascript, mabe both. How do you do this? I've been looking but I can't find any place that tells how and I can't remember any other sites that use this!

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    Hierarchial menus is what they're called, and there's a proliferation of them on the Net.

    http://www.dhtml.com
    http://www.dynamicdrive.com
    http://www.brainjar.com
    http://www.bratta.com/dhtml/scripts.asp

    Those 4 should give you more than enough scripts to look through.
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    I'm unsure on whether you WANT to use DHTML menus. Some browsers do not support DHTML.

    Don't want to start any fights here, but I think that if you use the DHTML menus you should at least consider a non-DHTML option.

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    Fireworks 4 does them nicely using only Java!

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    wert,

    DHTML is just the combination of Javascript/css/dom which is what Fireworks 4 uses (not Java).

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    I've looked at those resources and many more and have yet to find a decent script. All the one I've found require it to be at the top of the window.

    Would I need to use frames in order to have the menu appear lower on the screen?
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    Ok OK! I meant javascript! But it's a nice easy effect that works well on most late browers....

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    Originally posted by westmich
    I've looked at those resources and many more and have yet to find a decent script. All the one I've found require it to be at the top of the window.

    Would I need to use frames in order to have the menu appear lower on the screen?
    You would need to. The old version of Brainjar.com had some fabulous DHTML menus - one menu which perfectly replicated the old Windows menu (albeit only to one level, but if you were smart enough to incorporate the second hierarchial menu with the first (and I succeeded to an extent) then you could have easily replicated the standard Windows menu to x levels). Unfortunately since Mike has decided to go standards-compliant (and cater for only the latest browsers), those examples have sadly disappeared (forever?).

    Another resource I keep forgetting to mention (but definitely worth a look) is Lefteris's Pop-Up menus at http://popup.jscentral.com - also easily configurable and can be 'sticky' if required.
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