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    Looking for the best Dynamic Drop-Down Menus

    OK I'm looking for a good way to implement dynamic drop-down menus either created in CSS or in JavaScript or both (no Flash). I need one that works in both IE6 and above as well as FireFox. I'm not terribly worried about the other browsers since they are actually used that much except mainly by techies.

    I would like to use these for both for commercial and non-commercial use. I would prefer a free script but I'm not ruling out paying.

    In the past I've used http://www.hiermenuscentral.com/. I have not considered building one of my own due to the support I think would be needed for them due to browser changes. May be I'm wrong but it looks like developing a script is a job in onto itself. I would like to use a open-source script or something that has a community behind it. That way I have some support.

    Any suggestions would be really appreciated?

    My menu requirements are:

    1) allow text and images as menu items

    2) built in either HTML, CSS, or JavaScript, no FLASH or something that requires a plugin

    3) Can handle multiple levels (at least 3 but I would like the option of more).

    4) Allows me to add an image or something to indicate a menu item can expand to another level

    5) Allows me to customize the colors, padding, etc.

    6) smart enough to not try and display the menu beyond the visible page or underneath form objects if possible

    Thanks in advance!
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    Might also want to check out the following tutorial: http://www.tanfa.co.uk/css/examples/...down-menus.asp
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    I second Dan_A's suggestion.

    My preference is the PIE Suckerfish variant. It adds invisible buffer zones around the sub-lists that allow for less accurate mouse movements.
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    Thanks for the responses. I've seen the suckerfish before. Thanks for the list Dan_A.

    Anyone else know of a menu script/CSS that you've used and like? You see these everywhere so I know some of you are using them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kravvitz View Post
    I second Dan_A's suggestion.

    My preference is the PIE Suckerfish variant. It adds invisible buffer zones around the sub-lists that allow for less accurate mouse movements.
    Do you know PIE's terms of use? I can't find it.
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    I don't think they have one. Many sites with demos don't. I would consider it to be "free use", since they haven't placed any limitations on it.
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    If you're willing to fork over $90 and use Dreamweaver, you can't go wrong with Pop Menu Magic from PVII:

    http://www.projectseven.com/products.../pmm/index.htm
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    I see one problem: it shows the arrows indicating that there's a pop-out even when JavaScript is disabled and they are shown below.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan_A View Post
    This is a great list, thanks. However I ended up more confused that I started. I need to do a drop down menu for a site I am working on. Up to now I have avoided them (to many cross browser problems) but I am now faced with having to use one. I am planning on going with a suckerfish variant (most likely htmldog's sons of suckerfish).
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    Looking for a really great accessible menu, you want to try www.udm4.com
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    Matthew Carroll's version of Son of Suckerfish is more accessible than the original version. http://carroll.org.uk/sandbox/suckerfish/bones2.html
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