drop-down menus

Andrew J. Mutch amutch at tln.lib.mi.us
Wed Dec 17 08:41:40 EST 1997


Good point regarding the use of Javascript (or Java applets). I only use
these menus on pages (like the listed url) intended only for in-house use
where I know(because I set the standard) that anyone accessing the page
will have a browser that supports Javascript.  In other locations, like
our home page, where I have used Javascript for "roll-over" menus, I have
used object-detection to "disable" the script for those browsers that
don't support it.

Andrew Mutch
Northville District Library
Northville, MI

On Tue, 16 Dec 1997, Peter Murray wrote:

> --On Tue, Dec 16, 1997 7:26 AM -0800 "Andrew J. Mutch"
> <amutch at tln.lib.mi.us> wrote: 
> > This can be done with a little bit of Javascript.
> [...]
> > To see how these work in real life, visit our Reference Desk page at:
> > 
> > http://northville.lib.mi.us/info.htm
> > 
> > This page uses 3 menus providing access to Web Sites, Search Engines, and
> > on-line databases.  I use these menus all over the place in our web pages
> > because of their compact size and "automated" jumping ability.
> Keep in mind...when you do this you make your site unusable to those who do
> not  have JavaScript (or have JavaScript turned off).  This appears very
> frustrating to the user...they can seeming choose menu items, but have no
> way to make it go further.
> Peter
> --
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