Chapter 3. Styling Lists and Menus
In This Chapter
Using CSS styles with lists
Building buttons from lists of links
Dynamically displaying sublists
Managing vertical and horizontal lists
Building CSS-based menus
Most pages consist of content and navigation tools. Almost all pages have a list of links somewhere on the page. Navigation menus are lists of links, but lists of links in plain HTML are ugly. There has to be a way to make 'em prettier.
It's remarkably easy to build solid navigation tools with CSS alone (at least, in the modern browsers that support CSS properly). In this chapter, you rescue your lists from the boring 1990s sensibility, turning them into dynamic buttons, horizontal lists, and even dynamically cascading menus.
Revisiting List Styles
XHTML does provide some default list styling, but it's pretty dull. You often want to improve the appearance of a list of data. Most site navigation is essentially a list of links. One easy trick is to make your links appear as a set of buttons, as shown in Figure 3-1.
Figure 3.1. These buttons are actually a list. Note that one button is depressed.
The buttons in Figure 3-1 are pretty nice. They look like buttons, with the familiar three-dimensional look of buttons. They also act like buttons, with each button depressing when the mouse hovers over it. When you click one of these buttons, it acts like a link, taking you to another page.