Create Navigation Menus with jQuery and Dreamweaver
Illustration by John Hersey

Create Navigation Menus with jQuery and Dreamweaver

with Chris Converse

Video: Nesting a list within another nested list

Now to prepare HTML for a third level navigation system, let's come up here to the nested unordered list inside of Link 3. Let's copy that. Let's come down to Link 4 before the ending list item tag. Let's hit a few returns, split that open, let's paste in all of the links for the Sub Link here. Let's change 3s to a 4. So now we have Sub Link 4-1, 4-2 and 4-3. Now let's add a nested list inside of link 4-2. So let's come inside of here before the ending list item tag, let's hit Return, split that open, let's paste those links inside of here.

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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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Nesting a list within another nested list

Now to prepare HTML for a third level navigation system, let's come up here to the nested unordered list inside of Link 3. Let's copy that. Let's come down to Link 4 before the ending list item tag. Let's hit a few returns, split that open, let's paste in all of the links for the Sub Link here. Let's change 3s to a 4. So now we have Sub Link 4-1, 4-2 and 4-3. Now let's add a nested list inside of link 4-2. So let's come inside of here before the ending list item tag, let's hit Return, split that open, let's paste those links inside of here.

So let's come in here and change these. This is going to be 4-1, 4-2, and 4-3, but then we're going set -2 for each one of these. So now we have Sub Link 4-2-1, 4-2-2, and 4-2-3. So these are three sub links inside Sub Link 4-2, which is a sub link of Link 4. Now save your work. And to get a quick idea of what this is starting to look like, let's come over here and click on Live View.

Over here in the right-hand side, we'll see all of those unordered lists in place. Now this does look like a little bit of a mess. We need to use CSS and JavaScript to take this unordered list and relay it out and set the submenus to be hidden until we actually roll over them, but before we get to that point, we can actually see here that the unordered list is structured properly. Link 1 with its three sub links, Link 2 has nothing, Link 3 has one sub list, Link 4 has a sub list, and then Sub Link 4-2 has three under there as well.

Now that we have all of the markup in place, let's come up here and turn off Live View. Now the last thing we need to do before we can style this is add a class onto the parent ul. So let's come back in to our HTML. The very first unordered list inside of the nav item, inside of the ul tag, let's hit a Space. We're going to add a class of dropmenu. This is going to be the class that both the CSS and the jQuery plug-in is going to lock onto to convert all this markup into a dropdown menu. So now that we have this in place, in the next movie we can work on styling the menu with CSS.

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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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