Create Navigation Menus with jQuery and Dreamweaver
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Creating a folder and adding the starter files


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Create Navigation Menus with jQuery and Dreamweaver

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Now to begin our project, let's create a folder on the Desktop. We will call this myMenu. I am going to just resize this and move it over here a little bit. Inside of here, we are going to create two additional folders, one called includes, one called images. Now let's come back to the exercise files, let's come in to folder 1, Files to add. Let's take the index.html file, let's copy that into the main folder. Let's come back, open up add to includes, let's grab all of the files inside of here, and let's drag a copy of these into the includes folder that we created inside of the myMenu folder.

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Watch the Online Video Course Create Navigation Menus with jQuery and Dreamweaver
25m 49s Intermediate Aug 09, 2012

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Find out how to add stylized dropdown menus to your web site using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Working in Dreamweaver, author Chris Converse breaks down the menu design process, explaining how to build a menu foundation using unordered lists, establish hierarchy with nested submenus, apply styling using CSS rules, and incorporate dropdown functionality using a jQuery plug-in.

To preview the finished project, visit: http://codifydesign.com/chris/lynda/samples/course-0015

This course was created and produced by Chris Converse. We are honored to host his material in the lynda.com online training library.

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Chris Converse

Creating a folder and adding the starter files

Now to begin our project, let's create a folder on the Desktop. We will call this myMenu. I am going to just resize this and move it over here a little bit. Inside of here, we are going to create two additional folders, one called includes, one called images. Now let's come back to the exercise files, let's come in to folder 1, Files to add. Let's take the index.html file, let's copy that into the main folder. Let's come back, open up add to includes, let's grab all of the files inside of here, and let's drag a copy of these into the includes folder that we created inside of the myMenu folder.

Now inside of here we have a copy of jquery-1.7, a copy of the dropmenu plug-in, a menu CSS file for IE7 and 8, a menu.css, which basically creates the layout for the outermost page that we are going to be working inside of, and a menu.js file, there's nothing inside of this JS file here, but it is hooked into the index.html file. Now with these files in place, we can open the index.html file up in a browser, and we will see our base layout working here. We have all our content that sort of flows around inside of here, and up here is where the background graphics are going to showing inside of the header area.

And now that we have the base layout in place, in the next movie, we will work on some graphics for the layout.

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Q: Where can I find more menu information and plug-ins from menu systems?
A: There is a great article from 1stwebdesigner, "38 jQuery And CSS Drop Down Multi Level Menu Solutions", where they list and explain thirty-eight different plug-ins and techniques.
 
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